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B.F. Skinner Theorist Presentation

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Lindsay Lambert

on 14 September 2012

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B. F. Skinner Born in 1904 Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Attended Hamiliton
College as a writer Quickly decided that writing was not for him during his "dark year" So At the age of 24 Skinner enrolled
in the Psychology Department of
Harvard University Met and studied under William Crozier, Physiologist Appealed to Skinner's goal of
relating behavior to
experimental conditions Operant Conditioning A Behaviorist Perspective What is a Behaviorist Perspective? All learning occurs because of a response to an external stimuli Stimuli the initial action directed to the organism Response the organism's reaction to the stimulus The learner will acquire knowledge through the use of positive, negative or neutral reinforcement that occurs during the response to a stimuli. This makes learning a passive process that occurs as a series of responses in the learner's environment What is our opinion of Skinner's contribution to the Learning Process? Jacqueline agrees with Skinner's philosophy that all people learn through a different learning style. That style can be compromised by outside environmental factors at any given time. Monica agrees with Skinner's thoughts on Operant Conditioning. She puts it into a perspective of dealing with children, if you award a child with a smile or a happy look on your face when the child is behaving, then the child will be more willing to behave again.
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