B.F. Skinner

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B.F. Skinner

How Behaviorism is Used




"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying." - B.F. Skinner

Burrhus Frederic "B. F." Skinner was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958-1974. He invented many things including the operant conditioning chamber, known as the Skinner Box and he also developed the principle of reinforcement. In addition, he created his own philosophy of science called radical behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology called the experimental analysis of behavior. He is considered a pioneer of modern behaviorism and he was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century.

B.F. Skinner was one of the leading psychologists in the study of behaviorism. Behaviorism or behavioral psychology, is a branch of psychology that is based on the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning and that conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment. B.F. Skinner and his fellow behavioral psychologists believe that our responses to environmental stimuli shape our behaviors and make us who we are.

Behaviorism is used to analize our behaviors as humans. It looks to see if we truly are conditioned to behave the way we do because of our environment. It is used look at how we act as a response to the things that we have around us and the things that effect our lives. It is also used to see if, through conditioning or other changes in the environment of a person, we could change the way they act and think.


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