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What happened to little albert as he grew up. What was his life like and what did he do after the experiment and years later?

-- paula blaylock (, January 25, 2002



Harris, Ben. (1979). Whatever happened to little Albert? American Psychologist, Vol 34(2), 151-160

ABSTRACT: Examines J. B. Watson and R. Rayner's 1920 conditioning of the infant Albert B. Using published sources, the present article reviews the study's actual procedures and its relationship to Watson's career and work. A history of psychologists' accounts of the Albert study is also presented, focusing on the study's distortion by Watson himself, general textbook authors, behavior therapists, and most recently, a prominent learning theorist. The author proposes possible causes for these distortions and analyzes the Albert study as an example of myth making in the history of psychology. (98 ref) ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)

-- Christopher Green (, January 25, 2002.

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