About B.F. Skinner Behaviorism researched and applied.
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)
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.
B.F. Skinner's behavior • Cumulative record of his publishing behavior
The Baby Box • The aircrib • Deborah in aircrib • What happened to Deborah Skinner who was raised in the "baby box"?
Skinner and Society • Los Horcones and social engineering • Twin Oaks originally founded on Skinnerian principles • Behaviorists for Social Responsibility