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December 22, 2009


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Thanks for the original post and thanks to Deborah Skinner for her response. I'd come across the "Heir Conditioner" story before and I knew that the Skinner family were eager to debunk the various myths about it, but I wasn't aware that the "psychotic daughter" meme originated from Edwin Boring.

I read Slater's book when it came out and I actually though it wasn't too bad - as I recall the Skinner chapter, it did repeat many of the horror stories, but it ended up by stressing they weren't true. But maybe that's my selective memory...

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Thanks for sharing. I haven't had a chance to read the Slater book although I followed the controversy afterward. I wasn't aware of the Edwin Boring connection either. I always assumed it began with J.B. Watson since his son William committed suicide in 1954.

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