Burrhus Frederic Skinner

(1904 – 1990)





Skinner was born in 1904 in Susquehannah, Pennsylvania. Skinner went to Hamilton College in New York and majored in English. After a year attempting to be a novelist Skinner undertook graduate studies at Harvard. In 1931 Skinner obtained a Ph.D. in psychology. Among Skinners early works were The Behavior of Organisms (1938), Verbal Behaviour (1957) Walden Two (1948) and Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) the latter two were novels. Skinners work in Operant conditioning has led to much research over the years and still today his work influences many areas. Operant conditioning is a form of behaviorism developed on the heels of John B Watson and Ivan Pavlov's work in Classical conditioning


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