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

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

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By (author) Lauren Slater

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393326551
  • ISBN 13: 9780393326550
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 86,751

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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.

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It is precisely [Slater's] intimate confessional approach that is able to reveal the poetry latent in the sterile laboratory.... A powerful and even inspiring meditation on the strengths and weaknesses hidden in our nature. --Eric Wargo"