• Christopher Green

    There was a presentation at the conference of Cheiron (Hist of Soc. & Beh. Sci.) last summer that argued (persuasively, in my view) that Beck, et al. misidentified Albert B. According to this speaker, Douglas Merritte was not “Albert B.” but, in fact, the infant in Beck’s original pool whose name was actually Albert B. was the true subject of the Watson-Rayner experiments. It should be forthcoming in one of the major history of psychology journals later this year.

  • Thanks for the fresh info Professor Green! Looking forward to more development on the topic. Whoever the real Albert is, I find the stories unraveling around his identity fascinating. Definitely a case on which historians of psychology will have many an axe to grind!