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Stimulating introduction to some remarkable experiments,
This review is from: Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Here are the 10 great ones according to Slater:
1) Skinner's work, much of it: with an appreciation of his decency.
2) Milgram's experiment purported to demonstrate obedience but probably more about how to market an experiment: with several sharp experts cited questioning Milgram's conclusions.
3) Rosenham's efforts to discredit psychiatry: by deception that played upon doctors' wise carefulness.
4) Darley and Latane's "recreation" of the Kitty Genovese murder: by soundly creating conditions under which individual responsibility weakened.
5) Festinger's cognitive dissonance work: here comes the space ship. Slater's not afraid to present the implications for mainstream religion.
6) Harry Harlow's giving baby monkey's fake Mom's: sad use of animals.
7) Bruce Alexander's experiments to show rats can resist drugs when treated well: if this is so, the implications for public policy are huge.
8) Elizabeth Loftus' "Lost in the Mall" demonstrations of false memory: gathering facts needed to combat abusive manipulation to plant "memories".
9) Eric Kandel's study of sea slug's memory: be glad you remember well and be glad you forget well.
10) Psychosurgery beginning with Antonio Moniz: Apparently, for example, in California, psychosurgery can be refused and in Oregon it is banned altogether.
If, instead of reading some typically dry introductory psychology text, you read this and then followup by reading elsewhere about the experiments in this book that grabbed you, you can go deep into the study of modern psychology.