The Theory Of The Operant Conditioning Theory Essay

926 Words May 4th, 2016 4 Pages
“Give me a child and I 'll shape him into anything.” Is a quote that Skinner is known for. B.F. Skinner is one of the most influential American psychologist for developing the operant conditioning theory. Burrhus Fredferic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in in the small town of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He grew up in what he called a “warm and stable” house hold. His father was a lawyer and mother was a house wife. Skinner also had one younger brother. Throughout his childhood skinner was constantly building things. For example, he designed a flotation system to separate ripe from green berries. Skinner attended Hamilton College where he studied English Literature. After graduation in 1926 Skinner tried to follow his dream and become a professional writer. He wrote a dozen short newspaper articles. Unfortunately, that dream didn’t come true till later on in life. He then moved to New York City for a short time and worked at a bookstore. During that time, he stumbled upon a few books by Pavlov and Watson. Skinner found them impressive and exciting and chose to learn more about classical conditioning. At the age of 24 Skinner went to Harvard University and studied in the Psychology Department. Since he was so influenced by Pavlov and Watson he chose to focus mainly on studying behavior. Skinner developed what he called an operant conditioning apparatus during this time, which became better known as the Skinner box. With this he could study an animal interacting with its…

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