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

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

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A century can be understood in many ways - in terms of its inventions, its crimes or its art.

In Opening Skinner's Box, Lauren Slater sets out to investigate the twentieth century through a series of ten fascinating, witty and sometimes shocking accounts of its key psychological experiments.

Starting with the founder of modern scientific experimentation, B.F.

Skinner, Slater traces the evolution of the last hundred years' most pressing concerns - free will, authoritarianism, violence, conformity and morality.

Previously buried in academic textbooks, these often daring experiments are now seen in their full context and told as stories, rich in plot, wit and character.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9780747568605



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Beautifully written book combining journalistic curiosity, psychological intelligence and a novelist's lyricism in telling the deeper stories behind some of the twentieth century's most incredible psychological experiments. From delving further into well-known studies, such as Milgram's obedience testing, to exploring lesser known but equally profound experiments, Slater opens our eyes to the ethics, the narratives, and the insights into humanity provided by these discoveries, and the amazing minds that drove them forward.

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Very illuminating. As someone who has studied psychology and learned about many of the experiments in this book it was fascinating to learn about the background to them. Lots of details about the people behind the science helps to put it into context. I've read this book a few times and know I will go back to it again.