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About B.F. Skinner

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  1. About B.F. Skinner Behaviorism researched and applied.

  2. B. F. SkinnerWho influenced him? • Bertrand Russel’s (a British philosopher) discussion of J. B. Watson’s book on behaviorism. (Then, Watson himself) • H.G. Wells article on G. Bernard Shaw and Pavlov (Then Pavlov himself)

  3. What were Skinner’s main contributions? • Developed the Skinner box as a way to study operant behavior. • Important concepts: operant conditioning, reinforcement, contingencies of reinforcement, reinforcement schedules, discrimination learning, programmed instruction. • Developed the social implications of his theory.

  4. B.F. Skinner's behavior • Cumulative record of his publishing behavior

  5. The Baby Box • The aircrib • Deborah in aircrib • What happened to Deborah Skinner who was raised in the "baby box"?

  6. Skinner and Society • Los Horcones and social engineering • Twin Oaks originally founded on Skinnerian principles • Behaviorists for Social Responsibility

  7. The End