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Galatea effect


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Any positive Pygmalion effect, when expectations function as self-fulfilling prophecies with positive consequences, as when high expectations by teachers of the potential school performance of particular children has positive effects on their actual performance. The term was introduced in an article in the Journal of Educational Psychology in 1982 by the Israeli psychologist Alisha Y. Babad (born 1944), the Argentine-born Israeli psychologist Jacinto Inbar (born 1943), and the German-born US psychologist Robert Rosenthal (born 1933). Compare Golem effect. [Named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea in which an ivory sculpture of a woman, created by Pygmalion, the king of Cyprus, was brought to life as Galatea after Pygmalion fell in love with it]

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