Opening Skinners Box: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century

Paperback | February 22, 2005

byLauren Slater

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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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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 ...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:February 22, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393326551

ISBN - 13:9780393326550

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I've been riveted by her witty explorations of everything from lying to Prozac. — David Sedaris (Entertainment Weekly)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)Astonishing stories full of quirky personalities, told with wit and warmth. — Kirkus ReviewsSlater creates for the reader a sense of intimacy with scientists and their subjects. — Erik Strand (Psychology Today)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 (Washington Times)