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Through ten examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology's most innovative thinkers, Lauren Slater traces the evolution of the century's most pressing concerns—free will, authoritarianism, conformity, and morality. Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, 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.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2005-02-17
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780393347470

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A century can be understood in many ways - in terms of its inventions, its crimes or its art. In Opening Skinner's Box, Lauren Slater sets out to investigate the twentieth century through a series of ten fascinating, witty and sometimes shocking accounts of its key psychological experiments. Starting with the founder of modern scientific experimentation, B.F. Skinner, Slater traces the evolution of the last hundred years' most pressing concerns - free will, authoritarianism, violence, conformity and morality. Previously buried in academic textbooks, these often daring experiments are now seen in their full context and told as stories, rich in plot, wit and character.

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Genre: History
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release: 2016-07-28
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781408883129

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Traces developments in human psychology over the course of the twentieth century, beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of the child raised in a box.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2005-02-17
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: 0393326551

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This title provides an account of the 20th century's key psychological experiments, by the author of 'Prozac Diary'.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK
Release: 2005
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 074756860X

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 71-page guide for "Opening Skinner's Box" by Lauren Slater includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 9 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Narrative-Driven Exploration of Science and Psychology's Underlying Philosophical Questions.

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Author: Supersummary
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Release: 2019-12-08
File: 72 Pages
ISBN-13: 1672874572

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A collection of original fairy tales for adults explores contemporary family dynamics, moral conundrums, and romantic love, as well as the role of stories in providing healing and illumination.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2005
File: 211 Pages
ISBN-13: 0393059596

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The author of the acclaimed Welcome to My Country describes in this provocative and funny memoir the ups and downs of living on Prozac for ten years, and the strange adjustments she had to make to living "normal life." Today millions of people take Prozac, but Lauren Slater was one of the first. In this rich and beautifully written memoir, she describes what it's like to spend most of your life feeling crazy--and then to wake up one day and find yourself in the strange state of feeling well. And then to face the challenge of creating a whole new life. Once inhibited, Slater becomes spontaneous. Once terrified of maintaining a job, she accepts a teaching position and ultimately earns several degrees in psychology. Once lonely, she finds love with a man who adores her. Slater is wonderfully thoughtful and articulate about all of these changes, and also about the downside of taking Prozac: such matters as dependency, sexual dysfunction, and Prozac "poop-out." "The beauty of Lauren Slater's prose is shocking," said Newsday about Welcome to My Country, and Slater's remarkable gifts as a writer are present here in sentences that are like elegant darts, hitting at the center of the deepest human feelings. Prozac Diary is a wonderfully written report from inside a decade on Prozac, and an original writer's acute observations on the challenges of living modern life.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2011-06-01
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780679462798

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"Capacious and rigorous . . . Blue Dreams, like all good histories of medicine, reveals healing to be art as much as science." --Parul Sehgal, New York Times "Terrific." --@MichaelPollan "Ambitious...Slater's depictions of madness are terrifying and fascinating." --USA Today "A vivid and thought-provoking synthesis." --Harper's A groundbreaking and revelatory history of psychotropic drugs, from "a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer" (Washington Post). Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, not even their creators understand exactly how or why these drugs work--or don't work--on what ails our brains. Blue Dreams offers the explosive story of the discovery and development of psychiatric medications, as well as the science and the people behind their invention, told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her own experience with the highs and lows of psychiatric drugs. Lauren Slater's revelatory account charts psychiatry's journey from its earliest drugs, Thorazine and lithium, up through Prozac and other major antidepressants of the present. Blue Dreams also chronicles experimental treatments involving Ecstasy, magic mushrooms, the most cutting-edge memory drugs, placebos, and even neural implants. In her thorough analysis of each treatment, Slater asks three fundamental questions: how was the drug born, how does it work (or fail to work), and what does it reveal about the ailments it is meant to treat? Fearlessly weaving her own intimate experiences into comprehensive and wide-ranging research, Slater narrates a personal history of psychiatry itself. In the process, her powerful and groundbreaking exploration casts modern psychiatry's ubiquitous wonder drugs in a new light, revealing their ability to heal us or hurt us, and proving an indispensable resource not only for those with a psychotropic prescription but for anyone who hopes to understand the limits of what we know about the human brain and the possibilities for future treatments.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Lauren Slater
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2018-02-20
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316370585

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Deeply researched, World as Laboratory tells a secret history that's not really a secret. The fruits of human engineering are all around us: advertising, polls, focus groups, the ubiquitous habit of "spin" practiced by marketers and politicians. What Rebecca Lemov cleverly traces for the first time is how the absurd, the practical, and the dangerous experiments of the human engineers of the first half of the twentieth century left their laboratories to become our day-to-day reality.

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Genre: Science
Author: Rebecca Lemov
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Release: 2006-11-28
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374707293

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A New York Times Bestseller and 2007 Book Sense Selection Meredith Hall’s moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father—in her own father’s hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. What sets Without a Map apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom. "Hall emerges as a brave writer of tumultuous beauty." —Alanna Nash, Entertainment Weekly "First-time author Hall pens a haunting meditation on love, loss, and family . . . Hall colors outside the lines with this memoir, full of unexpected twists and turns." —Caroline Leavitt, People (rated 4 out of 4 stars) "Beautifully rendered." —Elle (a nonfiction readers' pick) "A modern-day Scarlet Letter." —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times "A poignant, unflinchingly assured memoir . . . exquisite." —Robert Braile, Boston Globe "Meredith Hall's magnificent book held me in its thrall from the moment I began reading the opening pages . . . a fluid, beautifully written, hard-won piece of work that belongs on the shelf next to the best modern memoirs." —Dani Shapiro, author of Black and White "An unusually elegant memoir that feels as though it's been carved straight out of Meredith Hall's capacious heart. The story is riveting, the words perfect." —Lauren Slater, author of Welcome to My Country and Opening Skinner's Box "Hall's memoir is a sobering portrayal of how punitive her close-knit New Hampshire community was in 1965 when, at the age of 16, she became pregnant in the course of a casual summer romance . . . Hall offers a testament to the importance of understanding and even forgiving the people who, however unconscious or unkind, have made us who we are." —Francine Prose, O Magazine "Meredith Hall's long journey from an inexcusably betrayed girlhood to the bittersweet mercies of womanhood is a triple triumph-of survival; of narration; and of forgiveness. Without a Map is a masterpiece." —David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs and Plays "Each chapter of Without a Map is polished and elegantly written . . . the structure is shapely and the book yields poignant insights." —Juliet Wittman, Washington Post "Hall's memoir, Without a Map, is a devastating story of what happens when a person is exiled from her own life." —Frances Lefkowitz, Body + Soul "I'm awed by Meredith Hall's wisdom and integrity, by her gorgeous prose that deepens my understanding of resilience and love, of loss and forgiveness. A courageous and brilliant memoir." —Ursula Hegi, author of The Worst Thing I've Done "Without a Map tells an important and perceptive story about loss, about aloneness and isolation in a time of great need, about a life slowly coming back into focus and the calm that finally emerges. Meredith Hall is a brave new writer who earns our attention." —Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and For the Time Being "Elegant pprosed make Without a Map an evocative, thought-provoking read. But Hall's heartrending candor on love, loss and hope turn this first-time author's book into a one-sided coversation among new friends." —Jennifer DeCamp, St. Petersburg Times "A compelling, painful, hopeful story." —Barbara Jones, More Magazine "Without a Map tells a stunning story of exile and ostracization . . . Her memoir is a rare and clear glimpse into the social mores of the mid '60s, and reveals the state of shame many families faced when an unmarried daughter became pregnant." —Liz Bulkley, The Front Porch, NHPR "An unbelievable read." —Robin Young, Here and Now, NPR "Meredith Hall's memoir is so well written that it was hard for me to accept that the book had to end." —Tina Ristau, Des Moines Register "Painfully honest and beautifully written . . . Meredith Hall has managed to distill courage from raw pain, and then somehow write this gem of a book about the experience . . . A stunning book . . . You must read it." —Lola Furber, Maine Women's Journal "Meredith Hall is like a Geiger counter ticking along the radium edge of these recent decades. She gives us self as expert witness—Without a Map is smart, sharp, and redemptively honest." —Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies and My Sky Blue Trades

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Meredith Hall
Publisher: Beacon Press
Release: 2008-01-10
File: 227 Pages
ISBN-13: 0807072745

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