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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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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.