Unformatted text preview: response from the organism, showing it responding to or operating on, stimulated learning in its environment. Rats and pigeons were able to help prove his theory. By creating the Skinner box, a conditioning device, Dr. Skinner was able to train rats to push a lever within the box to obtain food, measuring the animal’s behavior. By withholding food to a rat and then putting it into an empty box with a dish and a lever, the rat will eventually investigate its surrounding areas and come across the lever, once the lever is found and the rat pushes on it, food will be dispensed into the dish. Now the rat has learned how to obtain food when it’s hungry. Behavior is also measured with punishment and superstitious behavior, when an organism is punished continuously for an action the organism will continue the behavior because of the fear of being punished. Human behavior is a strange phenomenon but one worth researching....
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- Spring '10
- Psychology, B. F. Skinner, B.F. Skinner, Experimental analysis of behavior