Examples of applications and issues not included in similar textbooks include:
The role of classical and instrumental conditioning in language acquisition
The administration of rewards and punishers in Baumrind’s parental styles as related to Kohlberg’s stages of moral development
Stone-Age hunter-gatherer and technologically-advanced cultures: How did we get from there to here?
Self-control and self-actualization
While covering traditional technical and theoretical issues, the book is written in a clear, engaging style. The narrative builds across chapters, culminating in the treatment of applications and societal concerns of import and interest to students and faculty alike. Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: explain the significance of human condition through adaptive learning; present the basic principles of classical and instrumental conditioning; and understand the significance of scientific research
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.