Essay about What Happened From Little Albert?

895 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
In Ben Harris’ article, “What Happened to Little Albert?”, Harris explains of how John B. Watson’s famous classic conditioning experiment involving the infant Albert B. had different details than what was referenced and recorded and how the misinformation caused mistakes in other future psychologists’ research. After 60 years if Watson and his graduate student, Rosalie Rayner’s publication of the their trials with little Albert, many undergraduate textbooks that pertain to abnormal, developmental and specialized books consisting of behavior therapy and psychopathology cite Albert’s conditioning to others experimental models (classic conditioning, psychopathology). However, much of Watson and Rayner’s research with Albert is greatly distorted and fabricated. The fabrication of the experiment’s details of consists of Albert himself and the basic methods and results. Within the experiment, Watson and Rayner (1920) wanted to answer three questions through experimental study: “(1) Can an infant be conditioned to fear an animal that appears simultaneously with a loud, fear-arousing sound? (2) Would such fear transfer to other animals or to inanimate objects? (3) How long would such fears persist?” (Harris p. 1) To test out each question, Watson and Rayner selected 9 month Albert B., who was described as being healthy, unemotional and impassive. When Albert was being tested and was judged, he did not show any sign of fear when touching and observing many live animals including a…

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