• Opening Skinner's Box

  • Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century
  • By: Lauren Slater
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Opening Skinner's Box

By: Lauren Slater
Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
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Publisher's Summary

Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, Lauren 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.

©2004 Lauren Slater (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"As much urgent reassessment as historical re-creation...one of the most informative and readable recent books on psychology." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great book, robotic reader

This is a great book for anyone who is interested in psychology, however I found the reader difficult to listen to because of her robotic tendencies. Bearable, especially because I was able to get through more of the book listening to it while driving/doing things around the house that needed to get done than I would have been if I had to sit down and read it, but not the most enjoyable experience.

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Biases Abound

The author here has a clear biased and portrays some very opinionated views on the founders of psychology and behaviorism sad well as perpetuates debunked rumors.

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Great alternative viewpoints & talking points !

From an AP Psych teacher, this very well supplements my curriculum and provides amazing talking points and topics for debate. As you'd expect, it's an honest, raw, but densely written account of some of our most famous psychological experiments. Highly recommend!

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Needs an edit

Book and audio do not match
Whole sections missing or rearranged
Book says Washington state and audio says Oregon
Book says organic and reader says orgasmic
Lots of similar mistakes

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Great book for those studying psychology!

This book was an optional summer reading assignment for my psychology class but it's extremely enjoyable!

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chapter 3 is chapter 2 and 3 in the book. Making all the chapters before not accurate.

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Informative but dragging

I had to read this book for a psychology class so I came at it with an attitude for abosorbing information about these people and facts. but what I really got was a lot of over dramatiscism and personal accounts, which is is fine if you're reading this book for fun and you just want to know more about the beginnings of psychology but the piece is very biased and personal so its not a good idea to use it as a reference or anything scholarly related-needless to say I got a perfect on my test about this book so I guess you can see that its easy to comprehend.
On top of all of that, the book kinda dragged in some places, and I think this comes from how unnecessarily dramatic slater tries to make it.

Other than that, 4 stars for a casual reading about psychology, but I will probably never read/listen to this book again unless I was paid a good amount of money. cheers.