Rosenhan Revisited: The Scientific Credibility of Lauren Slater's Pseudopatient Diagnosis Study1

  title={Rosenhan Revisited: The Scientific Credibility of Lauren Slater's Pseudopatient Diagnosis Study1},
  author={Robert L. Spitzer and Scott O. Lilienfeld and Michael Barry Miller},
  journal={The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease},
In a recent and widely publicized book, psychologist Lauren Slater reported an attempt to test David Rosenhan's hypothesis that psychiatric diagnoses are influenced primarily by situational context rather than by patients’ signs and symptoms. Slater presented herself to nine psychiatric emergency rooms with the lone complaint of an isolated auditory hallucination (hearing the word “thud”). In almost all cases, she reported receiving the diagnosis of psychotic depression and prescriptions for… 

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    Archives of general psychiatry
  • 1976
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  • S. Crown
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal of abnormal psychology
  • 1975
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    Journal of abnormal psychology
  • 1975
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