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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This book. This book was not what I was expecting. What I was not expecting and did not get: GRE Psychology subject test review material. What I was expecting and got: a refamiliarizing with some of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Arkesteyn - Goodreads

This book is such a fast read because it reads like fiction. The author is so descriptive that it is very easy to assimilate the information quickly. Definitely a book worth reading if you are interested in applied human behavior! 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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