Sanity/Insanity: The Rosenhan Experiment

Sanity/Insanity: The Rosenhan Experiment

How do we know precisely what constitutes "normality" or mental illness? And if there is a difference, can anybody detect it? Even professionals? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the groundbreaking 1973 study that saw eight otherwise-healthy "pseudopatients" admitted to 12 different psychiatric facilities and diagnosed with mental illness.

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Outside Content:

"On Being Sane In Insane Places" by David L. Rosenhan (PDF)

Topics in this Podcast: Mental Health, psychology