Whatever happened to little Albert

@article{Harris1979WhateverHT,
  title={Whatever happened to little Albert},
  author={Ben Harris},
  journal={American Psychologist},
  year={1979},
  volume={34},
  pages={151-160}
}
  • B. Harris
  • Published 1 February 1979
  • Psychology
  • American Psychologist
John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner's 1920 conditioning of the infant Albert B. is a well- known piece of social science folklore. Using pub- lished sources, this article reviews the study's actual procedures and its relationship to Watson's career and work. The article also presents a history of psycholo- gists' accounts of the Albert study, focusing on the study's distortion by Watson himself, general textbook authors, behavior therapists, and most recently, a prominent learning theorist. The… 
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