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evaluation apprehension

uneasiness or worry about being judged by others, especially worry experienced by participants in an experiment as a result of their desire to be evaluated favorably by the experimenter or by others observing their behavior. Participants with evaluation apprehension may inhibit reactions (e.g., the display of aggression) that they believe will lead the experimenter to regard them as psychologically unhealthy.

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March 3rd 2024



n. a tendency to comply with the wishes or obey the orders of others. —submissive adj.