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


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

2.2 (2961)

Log in to rate this item

    Available in PDF Format | Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century.pdf | English
    Lauren Slater(Author)
Through nine examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology's most innovative thinkers, Lauren Slater explores the progress of the science of the mind in the 20th century. The experiments are narrated as stories: full of plot, wit and personality.

"Slater creates for the reader a sense of intimacy with scientists and their subjects."Irresistible storytelling.Neither clinical nor dispassionate....This combination of expert scientific and historical context, tough-minded reporting and daringly subjective re-creation.

4.5 (11432)
  • Pdf

*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Formats for this Ebook

Required Software Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview
Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Book details

  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Lauren Slater(Author)
  • W. W. Norton & Co.; 1 edition (2 April 2004)
  • English
  • 9
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
Read online or download a free book: Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century

Review Text

  • By Catherine on 20 June 2017

    Thorough retelling of the ten Psychological experiments that the author deems the most important of our time. The lyrical prose details how the psychologists came up with the hypotheses behind the experiments; how they put them to the test, what the results were and what effect they've had on psychology and society. The author writes in a down to earth, accessible way that helps readers to understand not only the principles of the experiments but also the personal stories behind the data. Definitely a good read for anyone interested in Psychology or thinking of studying it.

  • By Dr Qui? on 29 April 2009

    On the whole, this is a very entertaining book, which summarises some of the most famous / influential / notorious psychological experiments of the 20th century.While there is certainly a bit of an authorial bias, the book is informative and interesting. I found the style a bit corny and annoying at times, but got used to it.All in all, a good lightish read ... not really academic stuff, but fun, and if you want to know more, there's plenty of dry academic research to dig into!

  • By A. H. Esterson on 27 March 2004

    Readers should be aware that some people interviewed in this book, including prominent psychologists, have written formal letters of complaint to the President of Norton (publishers of the US edition), stating that parts of the purported conversations are defamatory inventions. Other knowledgeable psychologists have stated that important elements in Slater's descriptions of important psychological experiments are erroneous. Even before I read these complaints by a number of prominent psychologists, I had reason to doubt the veracity of the author. From lengthy extracts in the Guardian newspaper in January, and lengthy excerpts from the book on BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime" (five quarter-hour readings from different chapters), I formed the opinion that some of the author's accounts of her experiences, including passages in the alleged conversations she had with current psychologists, were very unlikely to be true. Likewise the detailed account of her first attempt at replicating Rosenhan's experiment concerning the diagnosis of someone who only pretended to have symptoms of severe mental illness seems to me to be largely a product of her imagination. I suggest that people impressed by enthusiastic reviews of the book, such as some of those posted here, should keep an open mind until they have had an opportunity to see the evidence adduced by critics of Slater's book.

  • By Miss E. Potten on 9 December 2008

    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 shock experiments, to exploring some 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.

  • Name:
    The message text:

    Other Ebook