BEH 225 week 4 checkpoint

BEH 225 week 4 checkpoint - Skinner’s research also...

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Burrhus Frederic Skinner had an outstanding influence on behavioral psychology. Mr. Skinner contributed so much to the psychology world, and is by far considered to be one of the most celebrated American psychologists. Some of Skinner’s inventions/contributions include: the Skinner box, cumulative recorder, and baby tender to name a few. One of his best known theories was that of operant conditioning in which he invented the Skinner box. The Skinner box is an operant conditioning chamber in which usually an animal is contained in a box with levers in which they either receive a reward or reinforcement or some sort of punishment. Also in his research he used the cumulative recorder which is a device that shows rates of responding as a sloped line. The research with the cumulative recorder showed that unlike Watson and Pavlov’s’ research the behavior of the subject was based on what happened after the response.
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Unformatted text preview: Skinner’s research also showed that there are schedules of reinforcement and they are as follows: Fixed ratio, variable ratio, fixed interval, and variable interval. Burrhus Frederic Skinner also developed what is known as superstitious behavior. Superstitious behavior is a behavior in which a subject believes because of an action there is a reward or positive things happen. For example someone wins the lottery while wearing a certain article of clothing they may call it their lucky clothing or some people have luck animal feet commonly a rabbits foot. Burrhus F. Skinner contributed so much to psychology there is only a wonder as to what else he would have came up with had he not died of leukemia in 90. References www.about.com B. F. Skinner biography Psychology: an introduction, Moore & Bruder 2008...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course BEH 225 taught by Professor Mrking during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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