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Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century Paperback – February 17, 2005
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“I've been riveted by her witty explorations of everything from lying to Prozac.”
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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.”
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“Slater creates for the reader a sense of intimacy with scientists and their subjects.”
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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.”
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About the Author
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, Massachusetts.
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I expected that Mr. Zimbardo's experiment would be included to the book, however, it would not. But is is only one negative of the book.
Personally, I feel that the book gave me better understanding of human nature and taught me why people sometimes behave so illogicaly and irrationally what is for me, as technically educated man, not always obvious.
I had forgotten many of these experiments and was very interesting to review them and their impact on society as well as the background of the experimenters - which are primarily behavorists. Some of the more recent and obscure were also of great interest. I hold little regard for the field of psychology as a science, despite my degree. I realized that is largely because of the era of my degree and that I was in my 20s and pretty unworldly at the time. Kinsey is not one of my favorites, so I was happy he was not included. Most of the research is focused on reactions and learning techniques. I have now given the book to my husband to read - a man who is delightfully not in touch with his feminity! - and he was very very interested. I could have enjoyed it just as well without so much of the author's personal life injected, but she is a product of the "science" of psychology, so from my perspective it worked well to see how someone who might actually take this stuff seriously is drawm - through their own neurosis - to the study of psychology. But it's her study of the experiments AND the experimenters that is the great twist here - and the essential element that makes this a must-read.