response set

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1 A bias disposing an organism to respond in a particular way to a stimulus, especially if the organism is concentrating on the response rather than the stimulus (1). Compare stimulus set (1, 2).

2 In psychometrics, a type of response bias such as acquiescence response set or social desirability response set in which a respondent replies to items in a multiple-choice questionnaire by choosing or avoiding certain response categories for reasons related or unrelated to their content or meaning. Compare response style.

Subjects: Psychology.

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