Investigating the Fate of John Watson’s Famous Experimental Subject

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The Chronicle of Higher Education features an article by Tom Barlett – “The Search for Psychology’s Lost Boy” – chronicling the efforts of scholars attempting to discover the fate of psychologist John Watson’s famous experimental subject “Little Albert.” Albert, you may recall, was the baby Watson attempted to condition to be afraid of furry things, and some psychologists have made it their mission to discover the identity and ultimate fate of the youngster in question.

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  1. I was hoping that the article would launch a critique of behaviorism and CBT, but no, it is a liberal publication. See my blog on Clockwork Orange here: http://clarespark.com/2010/05/17/beethoven-and-some-rosy-prometheans/. At least Freudians and Jungians deal with family histories and reject behaviorist nostrums.

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