The First Experiment

The Effect of Fortuitous Reward
  • Melvin J. Lerner
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (CISJ)


In the fall of 1962, we invited women students from the University of Kentucky to help us in what they thought was a study designed to develop ways of estimating individual contributions to group tasks. When they arrived, they were seated in groups of about five or so in a small auditorium, facing a large one-way mirror. The view from their seats showed two chairs brought up to a table on which were a number of lettered cards and a microphone. Shortly after their arrival a curtain was drawn over the one-way mirror.


Group Task Cognitive Dissonance Real Contribution Work Session Anagram Task 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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