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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Psychology - 276 pages
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Through nine 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 experiments have never before been narrated as stories, full of plot, wit, personality, and theme.
  

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I love Lauren Slater's writing style. - Goodreads
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Most intro-to-psychology students will be familiar with the cases presented in this book. The author has some interesting interviews and tidbits about each case, but some of her information is suspect ... Read full review

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

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Slater spins odd and disturbing stories about famous psychology experiments. Opening Skinner's Box is the precursor to my Malcolm Gladwell obsession (yes, I have one) and my fascination with ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Opening Skinners Box BF SKINNERS RAT RACE
8
Obscura STANLEY MILGRAM AND OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY
34
On Being Sane in Insane Places EXPERIMENTING WITH PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS
66
In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing DARLEY AND LATANES TRAINING MANUAL A FIVESTAGE APPROACH
96
Quieting the Mind THE EXPERIMENTS OF LEON FESTINGER
115
Monkey Love HARRY HARLOWS PRIMATES
135
Rat Park THE RADICAL ADDICTION EXPERIMENT
159
Lost in the Mall THE FALSE MEMORY EXPERIMENT
184
Memory Inc ERIC KANDELS SEA SLUG EXPERIMENT
207
Chipped THIS CENTURYS MOST RADICAL MIND CURES
226
CONCLUSION
252
ENDNOTES
259
INDEX
271
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Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of Opening Skinner's Box and Blue Beyond Blue, among other books. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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