I just finished Lauren Slater’s book: “Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological experiments of the Twentieth Century”. These included the work done by B. F. Skinner on operant conditioning, Darley & Latane on the ‘bystander effect’, Harry Harlow’s soft monkey without milk, Rosenhan’s two fingers to psychiatric diagnosis and of course Milgram’s explanation of the Holocaust: people are weak and obedient.
It made me wonder. What will be the great psychological experiments of the 21st Century? Will there be any?
Published: 17 July 2006