One of the
most frequently cited studies in American psychology is Watson and Rayner’s
(1920) experiment with “Little Albert”.
Watson and Rayner are given credit for being the first to condition a fear
response in a child, thus supporting the behaviorist perspective that Watson
was best known for positing. Yet, the
study leaves more questions unanswered than answered. The question for most people during the past
almost 100 years was: What ever happened
to “Little Albert”?
paper, you will read the original 1920 study by Watson and Rayner. In addition, you will read the Beck, et al.
(2009) article that attempts to answer the ever present question along with
commentary by other psychologists as to the validity of Beck, et al.’s
analysis. Finally, you will read the
most recently published article (2012) that addresses the health of “Little
Your assignment is to write a 3-5 page paper
(NOT including the title) page or reference list) as to who you believe was
“Little Albert” based upon the information presented in the readings and
supplementary materials. Do not simply
give me a summary of what others have said, but provide an analysis/synthesis
of the currently available information as to what *you* believe is the best
case scenario. You may or may not agree with what others have said…do some
The paper must be written according to APA
manuscript style (6th Ed.). You do not need to provide an abstract for this
paper (this is similar to what is expected for a special features article for
the Journal of Psychological Inquiry), but you *do* need to
have a proper title page in APA format, as well as a references page.
The files below are what you will be referencing for this paper and ONLY these articles.
Albert neurology (1).pdf
Beck, et al 2009.pdf
little albert Beck reply.pdf
little albert Powell history of psych article.pdf
little albert Powell.pdf
little albert Reese.pdf