ERIC Number: EJ1042273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
The Continuing Saga of Little Albert in Introductory Psychology Textbooks
Griggs, Richard A.
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n4 p309-317 Oct 2014
Inaccuracies, especially concerning the stimulus generalization findings, in textbook descriptions of the Little Albert study have been well documented since the 1970s. However, there has not been a systematic examination of introductory psychology textbooks since the 1980s to determine whether such inaccuracies still persist. This study filled this gap by examining 23 current introductory texts for accuracy in their coverage of the Little Albert story. In addition, it checked for coverage of recent unsettled issues in the story--the claimed identification of Albert, discovery of his neurological impairment, and early death at 6 years of age. Inaccuracies, especially concerning generalization, are still present in some texts, and coverage of recent developments is rather limited. Resource information for remediation is provided.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Textbooks, Psychology, Neurological Impairments, Generalization, Identification, Content Analysis, Photography, Undergraduate Study
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