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Pygmalion Effect

  1. Robert Rosenthal

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0761

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Rosenthal, R. 2010. Pygmalion Effect. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of California, Riverside, and Harvard University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The term Pygmalion effect refers broadly to the effects of interpersonal expectations, that is, the finding that what one person expects of another can come to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy. These effects of interpersonal self-fulfilling prophecies have come to be called Pygmalion effects in general, and especially so when the interpersonal expectancy effects occur in an educational context.


  • experimenter effects;
  • interpersonal expectancy effect;
  • self-fulfilling prophecy