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Unformatted text preview: these boxes and taught the bird to press the lever for the food. Then Skinner changed the routine and dropped food in the box in random time intervals. This confused the bird in believing that by repeating its actions that it could in fact receive the food, whatever the action could have been. The bird would stand on one foot, then turn its head and food came out; so the bird would repeat the behavior. The action itself has nothing to do with the actual dispensing of the food but the bird fell into a ritual to get the food. The activity of the bird is very similar to humans that have certain rituals before pulling the handle of a slot machine. Skinner introduced the idea of Superstitious Behavior, another one of this psychologists great contributions to the world of psychology. Morris, C. G., & Maisto, A. A. (2002). Psychology: An introduction (12th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall....
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