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Opening Skinner's Box Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century (Paperback)

Author:  Lauren Slater
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393326551
ISBN-13: 9780393326550
Sku: 39971505
Publish Date: 2/28/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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An intriguing survey of the science of the human mind traces developments in human psychology over the course of the twentieth century, beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of the child raised in a box, through the experiments and research of nine ingenious experiments. Reprint. 17,000 first printing. *Author: Slater, Lauren *Subtitle: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century *Publication Date: 2005/02/01 *Number of Pages: 274 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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"A vivid, insightful account....Told with wit and warmth."—Kirkus Reviews|Through ten examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology's most innovative thinkers, Lauren Slater traces the evolution of the century's most pressing concerns—free will, authoritarianism, conformity, morality. Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, she takes us from a deep empathy with Stanley Milgram's obedience subjects to a funny and disturbing re-creation of an experiment questioning the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. Previously described only in academic journals and textbooks, these often daring experiments have never before been narrated as stories, full of plot, wit, personality, and theme.
Lauren Slater, a psychologist, a former mental patient, and the author of LISTENING TO PROZAC and LYING, A METAPHORICAL MEMOIR, examines the most significant psychology experiments of the 20th century, including Stanley Milgram's electric-shock obedience studies and Harry Harlow's researches on "wire monkey" attachment. As the title suggests, Slater also discusses B. F. Skinner's experiments on behavior modification, and experiments from the 1970s on how easy it is to get admitted to a mental institution and, subsequently, how difficult it is to obtain a release. The author's own experiences as both a psychologist and a patient inform the writing.


New York Times Book Review
"...OPENING SKINNER'S BOX is a very readable, if highly personal, account of what we know, and don't know, about human nature, and of the ethical issues raised by our efforts to find out more." - Peter Singer 03/28/2004

Kirkus Reviews
"Vivid, insightful account...Throughout, Slater places each experiment in historical context, relates its findings to subsequent work, and reveals how the labs of experimental psychology reflect life in the real world. Astonishing stories full of quirky personalities, told with wit and warmth." 12/01/2003

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