The Human Subject in the Psychological Laboratory

The Human Subject in the Psychological Laboratory

1st Edition - April 1, 1977

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  • Editor: Arnold P. Goldstein
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285436

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Written for anyone who does or plans to do behavioral research, this book is based on the thesis that the psychological laboratory is a special place for people brought there as subjects. Accordingly, subjects act in ways that bear little relationship to their behaviours in the life situations to which psychologists seek to generalize their findings. An analysis is given of the motives, feelings and intentions common to people who assume the role of psychological subjects. The ways in which their responses confound data and lead to spurious conclusions are described

Table of Contents

  • Psychological subject as a role
    Role-related motives of the psychological subject
    Role-related motives and psychological data
    Involuntary behaviour
    Voluntary behaviour
    Other mediaters of role-related behaviour
    Towards a veridical psychology

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2016
  • Published: April 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285436

About the Editor

Arnold P. Goldstein

About the Author

I. Silverman

Affiliations and Expertise

York University, Canada

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