Communication in standardized research situations: A Gricean perspective

Argues that despite the standardization of research procedures, which minimizes the extent to which experimenters and participants can negotiate meaning, subjects rely on the same comprehension and interpretation strategies that they use in ordinary conversation to infer how they should respond. Specifically, participants assume (often erroneously) that experimenter's messages will follow Grice's Cooperative Principle (1975) and be informative, relevant, truthful, and succinct. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the book)