PSY 250 MPW Rosenhan (1973) Reading Guide Topic introduction “If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?” This classic article in psychology starts with this fundamental question. As Rosenhan points out, most of us think we know what sanity and insanity are, and that we can tell the difference. Rosenhan’s revolutionary study points out that not only can we likely not tell them apart, but trained professionals can’t either! But this article is much more than just about what happens to people in psychiatric hospitals, it’s about the power of labels and how the situation we are in can determine our fate. More about the article Notice that this article is from 1973. This explains the unusual format of the article. There is no abstract, introduction, methods, results, or discussion section. But if you read carefully you can find parts of the reading that contain the information that is usually found in those sections. A note about statistics Minimal statistics in this article! Vocabulary Here are the terms from this article: Capricious (p. 250): given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior Psuedopatients (251): an important term for this article; psuedo means fake, so fake patients Prima facie (251): based on the first impression; obvious Pejorative (252): expressing contempt or disapproval Veridical (253): truthful, correct Consonant (253): in agreement or harmony with Immutable (254): unchanging over time or unable to be changed Article estimates Time to read estimate: 60-70 minutes for the whole thing, 30-45 for the part the questions cover (see below) Difficulty: 3 on a scale of 1 = easiest to 5 = hardest ***
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