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The Human Subject in the Psychological Laboratory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080210797, 9781483285436

The Human Subject in the Psychological Laboratory

1st Edition

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Author: I. Silverman
Editor: Arnold P. Goldstein
eBook ISBN: 9781483285436
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 13th February 2016
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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


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


© Pergamon 1977
13th February 2016
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About the Author

I. Silverman

Affiliations and Expertise

York University, Canada

About the Editor

Arnold P. Goldstein