Date of Award

Spring 1975

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




The present experiment was designed to study the effect of the variables of naivete concerning psychological experimenta­ tion, the use of deception, and level of trust on a S's ability to become demand aware. It was hypothesized tha t the demand awareness of high and low trust s would be differentially affected by their level of knowledge about psychological experi­ menta tion, and by the type of explanation given to them (none, honest, deceptive) as to the purpose of the experiment. Non­ significant results indica ted no support for this hypothesis. Difficulties with the subjective aspect of the demand awareness measure used are discussed in relation to their possible effect upon the reliability and validity of the measure.

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