Conditioning experiment on Soviet child

I ran across these intriguing images in an old copy of Newsweek - March 28, 1960.

Unfortunately there wasn't much explanation about them. The caption read: "Psychological sputnik: Year-old Soviet child rigged for conditioning experiment."

An accompanying article, about the visit of Soviet psychologist Alexander R. Luria to the U.S., didn't refer to the images at all. But offered this hint:

[Luria] maintained that there was little battle fatigue among Russian soldiers in World War II because they had a "purpose." As for the civilian population today: "We have much less neurosis than you have. Every man in our country has an important goal, the 'we'."
Luria's own goal and the goal of Soviet psychopedagogy, is important, too: Increasing the learning ability of Soviet children by 25 per cent.
"Think of it," he said, "such a finding would be worth billions of dollars. It is no less important than a sputnik."

So the images must be showing some kind of weird Soviet experiment to boost a child's IQ.

The kid would be too young to be Putin. Though there is a slight resemblance.
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 27, 2017
     Category: Psychology | 1960s

I think that it's inspiration for Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel, "A Clockwork Orange."
Posted by KDP on 07/27/17 at 09:32 AM
I wouldn't trust anything written by the USA about the CCCP in the 1960, or v.v.
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/27/17 at 11:20 AM
He looks a lot like a young Clint Howard in that original Star Trek episode. Image is here:
Posted by Fritz G on 07/28/17 at 06:36 AM
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