Bf Skinner Essay

1172 Words Nov 2nd, 2005 5 Pages
Burrhus Frederic Skinner the Theorist
Behaviorism is the branch of psychology associated today with numerous psychologists but one of the most prominent behavioral psychologists of all time, B.F. Skinner really taught people that any behavior is usually immediately affected by its consequences. I having a young child I have seen Skinners theories work in many different facets during my short stint of being a parent. Skinner is a theorist who made his reputation by studying how an individual's behavior might change by responding to his/her environment. The great Skinner wrote "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten",(Skinner, 1964) thus basically meaning that most over and over again behaviors we as
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For example if I sit at a slot machine at Thunder Valley and after gambling for 1 minute I quickly hit a decent size payout. The chances of me continuing to play the same machine are going to be significantly higher then because of the reward I just received. Not only are my chances of me playing going to increase, but my rate and speed will stay high paced or continue to speed up hoping for another payout, only because I am trying to make this same positive reinforcement happen again. If my payouts were to come at long intervals or come at a slow rate or not at all, then I am most likely going to play at a slower rate or even not at all because it's effecting my negatively. As I mentioned Skinner named this theory as the "operant conditioning theory", with a definition of "A behavior that is followed by a consequence, and the nature of the consequence modifies the organisms tendency to either repeat or not to repeat the behavior in the future" (Skinner, 1945) Now Skinner's theory wasn't only known by the process of his writing habits, his fame came through some of his special devices that he created and put to use during different experiments. One device, called the Air-Crib, was designed to be the ideal environment for the first two years of a child's life. This "baby tender" was a sound proof, air-conditioned, germ-free setting where the child slept comfortably

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