In Lauren Slater’s latest work of nonfiction Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century, she delves into great studies of infamous folks like Stanley Milgram – the man who tricked subjects into supposedly shocking other volunteers at lethal levels as a way to test obedience, Harry Harlow – who studied how monkeys responded to an inanimate monkey that was soft as opposed to a monkey who fed them, and Elizabeth Loftus – who scandalized the country in the 90s with her theories of false memory in cases of sexual abuse.
The studies themselves are, of course, fascinating enough, but what makes this book worthwhile and more than what you can get in your normal Intro to Psych textbook is the way that Skinner lays bare these experiments refusing to reject them wholly or embrace them fully. Instead, she peels back the layers to reveal where we can find ourselves, our truth, and our minds in these pages.

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