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B.F Skinner

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Bianca Giorgi

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Transcript of B.F Skinner

B.F Skinner: Interesting Facts
Operant Conditioning Diagram
Programmed Instruction:
B.F Skinner
Born March 20th 1904 (Pennsylvania) Died August 18th (Massachusetts) at the age of 86
Son of William and Grace Skinner.
He became an atheist (Does not believe in God) thanks to a Christian Teacher.
Hs Brother who was two and a half years younger then him died of a cerebral hemorrhage (aneurism) at the age of 16.
Went to school with the intention of becoming a writer.
Attended Harvard University after recieving a B.A in English Literature in 1926, which eventually lead to him becoming a board member.
B.F Skinner
While at Harvard, he invented his prototype for the Skinner Box.
Then convinced he could make an experimental science from the study of behaviour.
After graduation he wrote an unsuccsessful book
B.F Skinner Major Accomplishments
Invented The Operant Conditioning Chamber (Best known as the skinner box) - he believed of the idea that human free will,was actially an illusion & that human action was the result of the consquence of the same action. If the consequesnce of an action was bad, theres a high chance that the same action would NOT be repeated, but if the consequences of an action were good, the action that let to that consequence would be reinforced. (Principal of Reinforcment.)
Innovated his own Philosophy of Science (Radical Behaviorism)
What is "Radical Behaviorism"
It is the established formal designation for Skinner's philosophy of the science of behavior.
It all started from operant conditioning then expanded because Skinner realized that classic conditioning did not account for the behaviour most of us are interested in.
Radical Behaviorism is also used to refer to the school of psychology know as the experimental analysis of behaviour.
Radical behaviorism has attracted attention since its inception. First, it proposes that all action is determined and not free. However, there are deterministic elements in much of psychology. Second, it is considered to be "anti-theoretical.
In conclusion, B.F Skinner lived a great life full of increadble inventions and theory we all live and learn by.
I hope you all enjoyed my presentation and learned something you never new.
Unpacking Our Knapsacks
Of Invisavle Privilege

B.F Skinner
Because his book (The Dark Year's)was unsuccssesful, it started making him question his literacy skills.
He was discouraged widely by renowned liteary geniuses.
This encouraged a change skinner new he had to make, which led to him to get into graduate studies in psychology.
Secret File
B.F Skinner was an American Psychologist,
behaviourist, author,inventor,
Professor of Psychology at Harvard University
from 1958 to 1974 (retirement)
and social philosopher
Accomplishments of B.f.Skinner
Founded his own school of Experimental Research of Psychology
Experimental Analysis of Behavior (E.A.B)
Burrhus Fredric (B.F) Skinner
Discovered and advanced the rate of response as a dependant variable in psychological research
Invented the cumulative record to measure rate of responding as part of his highly influential work on schedules of reinforcement.
Published 21 books and 180 articles
Skinner Grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Won the National medal of Science in 1968
This is a technology Skinner invented to improve teaching and to increase conventional educational learning , based on his theory of verbal behaviour, this is the teaching machine
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