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    Theorist Biosketch: B.F Skinner The study of human behavior is a very intriguing subject within the field of psychology that has led to the production of various theories, approaches, and studies to understand its anatomy thoroughly. In particular, Behaviorism, which was introduced within the twentieth century, revolves around the concepts that environments determine individuals’ behaviors. One of America’s very own prominent psychologist, as well as, behaviorist, was B.F Skinner. Skinner constructed various theories which served as possible explanations which were utilized to comprehend human’s behaviors and thoughts. Skinner reverted to observable behaviors and emphasized the belief that environmental factors played a significant role in the development of humans’ behaviors (Weiten, 2009). Skinner’s Adolescent Years Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in Pennsylvania in the small town of Susquehanna (Bjork, 1993). Skinner’s father, William Arthur Skinner, was a lawyer and his mother, Grace Madge Burrhus, took care of Skinner and his younger brother at home. Young Skinner grew up in an environment which he stated was in “chaotic conditions under which children learned to explore, to organize, to select,…

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    Author of the utopian novel, Walden Two (1948), Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20th, of 1904 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Skinner can also be described as the creator of the behaviorist theory of psychology. B.F. was born to a father occupied as a lawyer and a mother who did not work but stayed at home to tend to Skinner’s needs. Skinner had an early interest in building and inventing gadgets which later on in his life plays a minor role in his success. On the path of education,…

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    Operant learning, also known as instrumental, consequence, or response learning, is experiences where the behavior is made stronger or weaker by its consequence (Chance, 2014). This term coined by B.F. Skinner, a psychologist, after studying the behavior of a rat, within a box that contained food and a lever, was built on the foundation given by E.L. Thorndike’s Law of Effect (Chance, 2014). Skinner recognized two kinds of reinforcing events; one in which a positive stimulus is presented and the…

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    Some developmental theorist, such as B.F Skinner and Konrad Lorenz studied the development and behavior of animals as a means to understanding human developmental processes. B.F Skinner was a behaviorist and Konrad Lorenz was an ethnologist. Both theorists’ approaches have limitations and benefits. B.F Skinner being a behaviorist and an environmentalist was very concerned with how environments controlled behavior, and as a result he conducted many tests using operant condition (Crain, 2016).…

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    His pioneering efforts made it possible for men such as B.F. Skinner and Albert Bandura to not only continue making forward strides in psychology, but to also continue developing more schools of thought.  Personal Reaction 1. A-ha moment – Prejudice and discrimination are not new concepts to mankind, but to a new country like the United States I have often wondered how they got their foothold so quickly. Excluding slavery, the bias questions presented in the IQ tests at Ellis Island…

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    I choose the Behaviorist Theory led John Watson. Watson was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism. The book of the Development of Children stated that according to Watson, he asserted that behaviorism entirely transformed how human behavior should be understood and studied because it shifted the focus from the inner workings of the mind and personality to external, observable behaviors and their consequences. It showed that this made the science of…

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    Many have debated over time whether or not there is more to life than what is here on earth. Some are transcendent thinkers, meaning they think there is more to the world or some kind of higher power. The other group is imminent thinkers. They, including B.F. Skinner, believe we should focus on enjoying and living this life. Our environment shapes our lives, not a higher power. There are many instances which prove B.F. Skinner’s theory to be true. It is important for us to grow up and live in a…

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    theoretical views and opinions of theorist Sigmund Freud, Albert Bandura and Skinner B.F. on the development of personality and typical or atypical behavior. To achieve this, the paper will demonstrate how each theorist explains the development of the obsessive-compulsive disorder. The essay will also focus on how each theorist; design a treatment plan for patients with the obsessive compulsive disorder. This would be able to illustrate the differences and similarities between the three…

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    Personality is a combination of a person’s continuous characteristics as he or she grows older. Different people have their own different personality. Everyone has different characteristics which contribute to their own unique personality. Psychologists Freud, Jung, and Skinner all had their own positions on the different aspects of personality. While I may choose one to be more credible than the others, I will also choose the one that will be of most value to me in my career. Sigmund Freud…

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    Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in Susquehanna Pennsylvania, a small town located on the Susquehanna River about twenty-three miles away from New York. As a youngster Skinner showed an interest in building different types of gadgets and contraptions. After spending his last six years being a professor of psychology at Harvard, Skinner was diagnosed with leukemia in 1989 and ended up dying on August 18, 1990 at the ripe old age of 86 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his later…

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