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Adam Hart-Davis

Pavlov's dog

And 49 other experiments that revolutionized psychology
Knesebeck Verlag, Munich 2019
ISBN 9783957283351
Carton, 176 pages, 16.00 EUR


Translated from the English by Claire Roth. With 100 colored illustrations. Experimental psychology entered the intellectual stage in the mid-19th century and radically changed the way we understand human minds and behavior. Psychological science asked: How do animals learn? Do we never forget a face? How do you make difficult decisions? How far would you go? How do you run a democracy? or: do our thoughts really control our actions?
With understandable and scientifically sound explanations, this book introduces the reader to cult experiments in psychology such as Pavlov's evidence of classical conditioning, Bandura's "Bobo-Doll" studies on learning, or Loftus' research on memory corruption. Context, procedure and results of the respective experiment as well as the significance for the research are carefully explained in a few pages and allow the reader a deep insight into psychology and allow us to understand our own mental powers. Whether memory or prejudice, learning or short-term memory - this entertaining guide to psychology is an exciting journey to ourselves.

Review note on Deutschlandfunk Kultur, January 17, 2020

Reviewer Gerrit Stratmann recommends Adam Hart-Davis' science books as introductory reading to psychology and physics. In the two volumes on "Pavlov's Dog" and "Schrödinger's Cat", the science author dedicates himself to 50 pioneering experiments from each of the two subject areas. The reviewer praises the fact that the author describes the experiments in a very understandable way on only 3 pages. Entertaining illustrations also contribute to this, according to Stratmann, which invite you to "leaf through and be amazed". Theoretical, not experimental, achievements are only touched upon, which is why the volumes are likely to be too superficial for readers with a deeper interest in the subject areas, Stratmann admits. For the entry into physics and psychology, Hart-Davis provides exactly the right thing here, he concludes.