Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century

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Bloomsbury, 2005 - Psychology - 276 pages
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A century can be understood in many ways - in terms of its inventions, its crimes or its art. In Opening Skinner's Box, Lauren Slater sets out to investigate the twentieth century through a series of ten fascinating, witty and sometimes shocking accounts of its key psychological experiments.

Starting with the founder of modern scientific experimentation, B.F. Skinner, Slater traces the evolution of the last hundred years' most pressing concerns - free will, authoritarianism, violence, conformity and morality. Previously buried in academic textbooks, these often daring experiments are now seen in their full context and told as stories, rich in plot, wit and character.

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I love Lauren Slater's writing style. - Goodreads
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Her writing is complex yet, easy to understand. - Borders
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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

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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

About the author (2005)

Lauren Slater is the author of Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diary and Love Works Like This, and has written articles and contributed pieces to the New York Times, Harper's, Elle and Nerve. Her essays are widely anthologized and she is a frequent guest on US radio shows, including 'The People's Pharmacy' on NPR.

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