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Great Psychological Experiments of the 21st Century

Opening Skinner's Box

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?

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Opening Skinner’s Box