B.F. Skinner Behaviorism. By: Luz Valladares. Biography. Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904, in the small Pennsylvania town of Susquehanna. His father was a lawyer, and his mother a strong and intelligent housewife.
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By: Luz Valladares
Burrhus received his BA in English from Hamilton College in upstate New York. He didn’t fit in very well, and that’s why he couldn’t enjoy the parties or football games. He wrote school papers, including articles critical of the school, the faculty, and even Phi Beta Kappa! To top it off, he was an atheist -- in a school that required daily chapel attendance.
Also in that year, he moved to Minneapolis to teach at the University of Minnesota. There he met and soon married Yvonne Blue. They had two daughters, the second of which became famous as the first infant to be raised in one of Skinner’s inventions, the air crib. Although it was nothing more than a combination crib and playpen with glass sides and air conditioning, it looked too much like keeping a baby in an aquarium to catch on.
In 1945, he became the chairman of the psychology department at Indiana University. In 1948, he was invited to come to Harvard, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a very active man, doing research and guiding hundreds of doctoral candidates as well as writing many books. While not successful as a writer of fiction and poetry, he became one of our best psychology writers, including the book Walden II, which is a fictional account of a community run by his behaviorist principles.
Skinner build the air crib for his second child that was named Deborah. It was made of safety front glass counter-height crib/changing table, and climate- and humidity-control, the Baby Tender itself was awesome. The idea was a crib that wasn't a cage, but a baby-sized room.
John Watson was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism, after doing research on animal behavior. He also conducted the controversial "Little Albert" experiment. Later he went on from psychology to become a popular author on child-rearing, and an acclaimed contributor to the advertising industry.
C. What was the consequence / stimulus that followed the behavior in the example?
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never
made decisions. Things always came up and made
them for me. That's what life is.
Education is what survives when what has been
learned has been forgotten.
The real problem is not whether machines think but
whether men do.
Better contraceptives will control population only if
people will use them. A nuclear holocaust can be
prevented only if the conditions under which nations
make war can be changed. The environment will
continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are
abandoned. We need to make vast changes in
Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971)