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 very, very convincing.

Michael Britt found the article fascinating reading and a great example of an historical detective at work and decided it would make a great classroom or online activity and, working with the author – Hall Beck – created the “Finding Little Albert” activity.

The “Finding Little Albert” activity presents students with:

  • information, questions, clues and hints
  • solutions to the questions (so they can move along in class or at their own pace)
  • photos of Albert and Douglas for comparison
  • Douglas’ family tree
  • the “trunk in the attic” which contained a picture of Douglas/Albert
  • a map
  • a census report

…as it takes students down the path of identifying Albert’s real identity.

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2 Responses to “Finding Little Albert”

  1. Melissa November 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    I was wondering if I can find this article at They say it’s there, but when I try to click on it, it disappears. Where can I download it at last? It’s been a while.

  2. Swarajit Ghosh December 29, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    We were wondering if children have a ‘own’ view and a developing ‘world’ view. Asking abstract questions about ones own self has been shown by some investigators to enhance wellbeing and adjustment. Here’s an article that might help in understanding our view on this matter:

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