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Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century

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Documents the drama of extraordinary inquiries into human psychology, bringing to life stories with unforgettable protagonists. LAUREN SLATER delivers a witty and stunningly perceptive view of the progress of the science of the human mind in the last century. 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 recreation of an experiment questioning the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. We observe cognitive dissonance among cult members whose apocalypse fails to arrive, and we see the groundwork being laid for a pill that promises to rescue the memories of aging baby boomers. Through nine examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology's most innovative thinkers. Slater traces the evolution of the century's most pressing concerns--free will, authoritarianism, conformity, and morality. Previously described only in academic journals and textbooks, these often daring experiments have never before been narrated as stories, chock-full of plot, wit, personality, and theme.

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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, and morality.

Synopsis:

Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, Slater 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, chock-full of plot, wit, personality, and theme.

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Lauren Slater is a psychologist and the author of Welcome to My Country and Prozac Diary. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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ISBN:
9780393326550
Author:
Slater, Lauren
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Experimental Psychology
Subject:
Research -- Methodology.
Subject:
Psychology - Experiments - History -
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.26x5.54x.76 in. .58 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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, and morality.
"Synopsis" by , Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, Slater 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, chock-full of plot, wit, personality, and theme.
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