This episode of the podcast – first published in Jan of 2010 – summarized the article which details the efforts of researchers to determine the identity of the so-called “Little Albert”:
Beck, H. P., Levinson, S., & Irons, G. (2009). Finding Little Albert: A Journey to John B. Watson’s Infant Laboratory. American Psychologist, 64, 605-614.
Recent research conducted by Digdon, Powell and Harris cast doubt on the conclusions of Beck et. al and instead point to a boy named William Albert Barger as the boy known as Little Albert.
Please see this episode: Little Albert’s Real Identity: Time to Rewrite the Textbooks for the latest info on Little Albert.
More information on the myths and truths of the famous Little Albert Study can be found in episode 47.