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Unformatted text preview: no means of getting food, or interaction. During varying intervals, food pellets would be dropped into the cage. Skinner discovered that the pigeon began to repeat the actions that had taken place immediately prior to the food being inserted. From strutting, hopping, or standing on one leg, whatever action had been taking place leading up to the point when it received food, the pigeon would repeat. The theory behind superstitious behavior is that while the reinforcement, or action has no bearing on the outcome, the animal or human, will repeat that action in an attempt to replicate the previous outcome. Another contribution that Skinner made was in the way in which punishment was viewed. He concluded that punishment was only effective in suppressing behavior, not in changing it. He concluded that punishment for behavior would have significant drawbacks and other means of correction should be sought....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY BEH/225 taught by Professor Marvel during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '11