In 1920, in the early days of psychology (Freud had only stopped prescribing cocaine to his patients a couple decades earlier), a man by the name of John B. Watson did an ‘experiment’ to prove that fear was a learned behaviour. So what better way to find out than to condition a 11-month old baby boy to learn to fear rabbits? Watson, who was a respected Johns Hopkins researcher, managed to get his hands on an infant and began by […]

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