B.F. Skinner: Operant Conditioning, Skinner Box, Baby Tender

Background Information 1904 Born March 20th. 1930 Initiated research in reflexes. 1930-31 Received Harvard Fellowship. 1936 Married Yvonne Blue. 1938 The Behavior of Organisms was published. 1942 Awarded the Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists. 1945 Skinner took over the Psychology Department at the University of Indiana 1948 Skinner began his research with…

Learning: Classical Conditioning & Operant Conditioning

Learning – process by which experience produces a relatively enduring change in an organism’s behaviour or capabilities Adapting to the Environment Behaviourists focus on how organisms learn, examining the processes by which the experience influences behaviour Ethology focuses on the functions of behaviour Adaptive significance – how behaviour influences an organism’s chances for survival Fixed…