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