Read all about it! Psychologist BF Skinner kept daughter in box like rat!

Some part of us as human beings is deeply opposed to experimentation on ourselves. Even if it is only a psychology experiment that doesn’t (normally) involve direct physical or mental pain. Unfortunately some of the greatest experiments in psychology involved duping the participants to get data on a particular hypothesis. No one likes to be duped, which may explain how occasionally we like to typecast psychologists as crazies. It’s a way of getting our own back at a perceived injustice. And sometimes psychologists themselves are the worst offenders:

“A new book has rekindled old rumours that renowned psychologist BF Skinner used his baby daughter in his experiments. Stop this rubbish about me and my dad, says Deborah Skinner Buzan”

[From The Guardian]

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 13 March 2004

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