Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
For knowledge gained through psychological research to have an impact
on society, the results must be accessible to a wide audience. To this end,
Lauren Slater, a psychologist, has chosen 10 of the most provocative and important
experiments in psychology—including Skinner's work on operant conditioning,
Milgram's studies of obedience, and Harlow's research on attachment in monkeys—and
presented them as stories filled with "theme, desire, plot, history" in an
effort to reduce "the flatness that characterizes most scientific reports."
By translating the studies into narrative, the author hopes that readers will
more fully appreciate these experiments. For instance, when presenting the
methodology of Milgram's obedience studies, Slater describes the scene from
the perspective of a participant in the study:
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