Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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by Lauren Slater
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393050955

ISBN-13: 9780393050950

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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.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

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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.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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ISBN-13:
9780393050950
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.15(d)

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Opening Skinner's Box 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been more excited to read about psychology in my life. This was truly a phen. book- I love the moral background and questions she leaves you with at the end of each chapter
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It was helpful for my daughter's english literature class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I paid for this book. I regret that commitment. I'd thought that it would be an introduction to a topic i have an interest in but know little about and although there seem to be facts in there, its difficult to believe or get to grips with them because of the author's perplexingly random outbreaks of mills and boon-esque description and supposition. As a complete novice to psychology i'd appreciate an approach that wasn't overly empirical but this book was like a kid's ramblings. It seemed flimsily based on fact and was irritating. I suspect the author's guilty of bias, whimsy and sloppiness. The bad grammar and malapropisms throughout the book also suggest that her editors have indulged her narcissism. I am shocked at how strongly I feel about this book. It is truly awful and should not have been published.