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Finding Little Albert

In 2009 the Journal American Psychology published an article entitled, “Finding Little Albert: A Journey to John B. Watson’s Infant Laboratory“. It was a fascinating article detailing the author’s 5 year effort to identify the real identity of “Little Albert”. The evidence in favour of his conclusion that a boy named Douglas Merritte is “Albert” is […]

Rethinking the Psychology of Tyranny Podcast

Reicher and Haslam carried out this study to examine the consequences of randomly dividing men into groups of prisoners and guards within a specially constructed institution over a period of 8 days.This study attempted to create an institution to investigate the behaviour of groups that were unequal in terms of power, status, and resources. The method […]

The split brain: a tale of two halves

A while ago I posted some videos of Roger Sperry’s research into lateralisation of function in epileptic patients who had had their corpus callosum severed to varying degrees. Now for more Sperry related goodies. There is a great article over at the Nature about the cohort of participants who had their corpus callosum severed and have since been the focus of both […]

Mind Changers: Psychology During the 20th Century

Mind Changers is a recent series exploring the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century. More information available from the BBC Radio 4 website. Four excellent episodes for you to listen to. Enjoy. The Pseudo-Patient Study Claudia Hammond revisits David Rosenhan’s Pseudo-Patient Study The Hawthorne Effect The 1920s experiment in a Chicago […]