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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Opening Skinner's Box: B. F. Skinner's Rat Race6
2Obscura: Stanley Milgram and Obedience to Authority32
3On Being Sane in Insane Places: Experimenting with Psychiatric Diagnosis64
4In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing: Darley and Latane's Training Manual - A Five-Stage Approach94
5Quieting the Mind: The Experiments of Leon Festinger113
6Monkey Love: Harry Harlow's Primates133
7Rat Park: The Radical Addiction Experiment157
8Lost in the Mall: The False Memory Experiment182
9Memory Inc.: Eric Kandel's Sea Slug Experiment205
10Chipped: This Century's Most Radical Mind Cures224
Conclusion250
Endnotes257
Index269

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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.