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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Intriguing and accessible introduction to psychology. - Goodreads
An interesting overview of psychological experiments. - Goodreads
I love Lauren Slater's writing style. - Goodreads
I was also disappointed in the storytelling aspect. - Goodreads
She is a beatiful writer. - Goodreads
The writing style became nearly unbearable at times. - Goodreads

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I really used to love her. I loved a short story she wrote. But it turns out a lot of what she wrote in this book was bs. I didn't want to believe it till i read a article she wrote in some magazine ... Read full review

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A great insight into the human behavior, quite fascinating. Read full review

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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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