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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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Burrhus frederic b f skinner
BurrhusfreDeric (b.f.) skinner

By:Jennifer Strawn


What is his theory
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
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
Picture

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


All about skinner
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
Similar to…

  • Skinner is similar to Thorndike

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


Sources
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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