April 24–26, 2014 | Marriott City Center | Salt Lake City, UT
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
What Can We Really Learn From the Study of Little Albert?
of the most controversial issues to arise from the recent studies of
Watson’s infant research concerns the health of Little Albert? Was
Albert the "healthy,” "well developed,” infant described by Watson or
was he an impaired child as some investigators have claimed?
Experimental ethics, Watson’s legacy, and the Albert study are discussed
in light of these new findings.
Skip "Hall" Beck, PhD Appalachian State University
Hall ‘Skip’ Beck received his PhD from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro in 1983, specializing in social psychology. He accepted a position in the Psychology Department at Appalachian State University in 1984 and is still happily at that university. For the past decade, most of Beck’s research has focused upon improving student retention; he is a codeveloper of the College Persistence Questionnaire. His other main area of inquiry is human-computer interaction, especially the use of automated devices to reduce fratricide in the military. The search for Little Albert began as a lark, but soon became a passion taking Beck and his students on a historical journey to John B. Watson’s infant laboratory.