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"In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College with her degree in psychology, Rosalie Rayner took a coveted position at the Johns Hopkins research lab to assist the charismatic John B. Watson, the man who pioneered behaviorist psychology. Together, John Watson and Rosalie Rayner conducted experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles of nurture over nature. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs. The Watsons' bestselling parenting book, Psychological Care of Infant and Child, which emphasized emotional detachment, affected the upbringings of generations of American children but Rosalie, now a mother herself, had to confront its tenets personally. With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose lab work is now widely repudiated but who in her time was at the cutting edge of parenting psychology. This novel is in turns moving and horrifying, a thought-provoking and page-turning read about the meaning of motherhood"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616956530
Branch Call Number: FICTION Romano- Lax, Andromeda
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm


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CatherineG_1 Jun 02, 2017

Suggested to me by a customer, this is another factional (fiction and fact) story about two of the many pioneers in Child Rearing, Dr. John Watson and Rosalie Rayner. They published a book together in the 1930's that was considered revolutionary before dear old Dr. Spock.
The blend of their personal lives and their own family life made for an interesting story.
As a parent, their theories on raising a child did not agree with mine.

Cynthia_N Jun 16, 2016

This was a slow moving and interesting read. I can't imagine using an emotionally detached style of parenting and it was interesting to see that Rayner struggled with it and Watson second guessed his ideas that were based on studies done on one child. This is a fictional biography.


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