Opening Skinner's Box

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0393326551
  • 9780393326550
  • 113,697

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"Worth reading for the provocative questions it asks and for the way it lingers over the fragile, human side of psychology." -- Joy Press - Village Voice "A vivid, insightful account...Told with wit and warmth." -- Kirkus Reviews "Neither clinical nor dispassionate... This combination of expert scientific and historical context, tough-minded reporting and daringly subjective re-creation." -- Publishers Weekly "Slater creates for the reader a sense of intimacy with scientists and their subjects." -- Erik Strand - Psychology Todayshow more

About Lauren Slater

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, more

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Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, she takes us from a more