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What's the term for the effect on observing something

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Oggiedoggie, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    There's a term used to describe the effect you have on a given subject or situation just by being there to observe it, but I'm drawing a blank on what that term is.

    Does anyone have a clue?
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    observer effect?
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Reactivity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_effect_(psychology)
  4. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Someone on our coppy desk says it is the Heisenberg Effect.

    But, I think that observer effect probably might be a bit more clear to the typical reader.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It's technically called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, but I think that just has to do with physics ...
  6. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    The observer effect and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle are not the same thing.
    The best way to explain it: the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is one type of observer effect.
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