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.