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Burrhus freDeric (b.f.) skinner. By:Jennifer Strawn. What is his theory?. Operant Conditioning: a response is followed by a reinforcer that will result in an increase of the response, so the result will occur again The action will result in a consequence (positive or negative). Skinner box.

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BurrhusfreDeric (b.f.) skinner

By:Jennifer Strawn


What is his theory?

  • Operant Conditioning: a response is followed by a reinforcerthat will result in an increase of the response, so the result will occur again

  • The action will result in a consequence (positive or negative)


Skinner box

This is a Skinner box that he used to research how a mouse would act if it got consequences for different actions.


Picture

The mouse will be successful in the maze if it is rewarded with the cheese.


All about skinner…

  • Was born March 20, 1904 and died August 18, 1990

  • Attended Hamilton college and received a B.A. then later he went to Harvard and received his PhD

  • He was pointed in the direction of psychology after having an encounter with Watson about behaviorisms


1

  • Neutral Operants

  • Responses from environment that aren’t positive or negative, so it won’t affect the probability of the response occuring


2

  • Reinforcers

  • Responses that will increase the likelyhood of that result reoccuring. Can be positive or negative.


3

  • punishers

  • Response that will decrease the probability of the same response reoccuring. It will weaken the behavior.


Similar to…

  • Skinner is similar to Thorndike

  • Skinner was actually inspired to created the theory of reinforcers from Thorndike’s law of effect


sources

  • www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html

  • www.appsychology.com

  • www.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._F._Skinner

  • www.lifecircles-inc.com/Learningtheories/behaviorism/Skinner.html


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