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expectancy effect

the effect of one person’s expectation about the behavior of another person on the actual behavior of that other person (interpersonal expectancy effect), or the effect of a person’s expectation about his or her own behavior on that person’s actual subsequent behavior (intrapersonal expectancy effect). See also experimenter expectancy effect.

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body-size overestimation

body-size overestimation

the specific tendency to overestimate the size of body features (e.g., width of waist, hips, or thighs) in relation to objective size measurements. It was once thought to be an essential feature of anorexia nervosa. See body-image distortion.