Saturday, July 31

Classic Study – Rosenhan (1973) – On Being Sane in Insane Places

Tasks and Resources

  1. Try out the play with 2-3 friends/family – there’s a chocolate prize for the best audio/film version: 

    Rosenhan play.docx

  2. Read up on Rosenhan in your main textbook
  3. Watch the three videos on Rosenhan
  4. Listen to the All In The Mind Podcast on this study. There is also a BBC History podcast if you want to access this.
  5. Use any/all of these to deepen your understanding – especially for A03 (evaluation)
    1. The very clear APRCE summary on the Holah site
    2. You can’t always rely on it but Wikipedia is actually pretty good on the evaluation
    3. Evaluation issues from the BPS
  6. Use your resources to make structured notes into your workbooks on Rosenhan. You will need:
      1. Description (A01) – make sure you get full details here of participants, method etc.
      2. Evaluation (A03) – GRAVE-C – link each A03 to a piece of A01
      3. Judgments/conclusions – overall what does the evidence suggest about the value/reliability/etc. of this study
  7. Create flash cards for Rosenhan
  8. Ensure you are ready to discuss the issues that this study raises!

To extend your learning:

    • Read through a deeper criticism of Rosenhan at FrontierPsychiatrist, OR
    • Watch the BBC documentary “A History of the Madhouse”