Skinner Article - B F Skinner was born in March of 1904 He attended Hamilton College along with Harvard University His first encounter with

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B. F. Skinner was born in March of 1904. He attended Hamilton College along with Harvard University. His first encounter with behavioral science was while he was attending Hamilton College (Vargas, 2005). Although Skinner did not encounter behavioral science until college, he is one of the most famous psychologists known today. Skinner invented the theory of operant conditioning. The though behind this is that environment helps people to gain desired things, or avoid unpleasant things. If one behavior brings pleasant effects, it is likely to repeated again, and the opposite for unpleasant effects. One way of using operant conditioning is reinforcement. While reinforcement can be positive or negative, they are both very effective. Positive is when something desirable is added due to a good behavior, negative is taking a desirable thing away. Along with reinforcement, punishment is also a two way street. Negative punishment is something undesirable added to a situation, whereas positive punishment is something
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2011 for the course BEH 225 taught by Professor Mrking during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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Skinner Article - B F Skinner was born in March of 1904 He attended Hamilton College along with Harvard University His first encounter with

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