Opening Skinners Box: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century by Lauren SlaterOpening Skinners Box: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater

Opening Skinners Box: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth Century

byLauren Slater

Paperback | February 22, 2005

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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.
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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Title:Opening Skinners Box: Great Psychological Experiments Of The Twentieth CenturyFormat: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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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not terrible but not great I was quite excited about this book! However, as a psychology graduate I had already read about all of these experiments in greater depth than they are explained in this book. This is not the reason for my mediocre rating it is however why I would not recommend it to people who have studied psychology in depth. The reason for my rating has to do with the writing style and the validity of a number of her claims. For me, the book just didn't flow. The author used wording that made it hard to follow and understand at times. In addition, she makes numerous claims that have been refuted by the actual individuals involved. It may be a good read for those who do not have a psych background but are interested in reading about these experiments. It explains the experiments through stories rather than in a straightforward academic fashion.
Date published: 2017-02-28

Editorial Reviews

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)