The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect) is a type of reactivity in which individuals modify an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed.
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In my opinion, I think all n=1 experiments will be affected by this effect. we tend to be more good, eat right, exercise more, and remain compliant to our notion of health when under observation.
Any intervention we plan will yield better results than in real life (i.e when we don't track ourselves). in other words, the effect size of self-experiments tends to be magnified due to the mere act of being under observation.
so if we design the same self-experiment but with the differing intensity of monitoring ( daily vs weekly weights) will we get different results? what is the role of reinforcement of QS on the outcome of the self experiments?
love to hear from all of you!