The Psychology of B F Skinner

  • Filename: the-psychology-of-b-f-skinner.
  • ISBN: 0761917594
  • Release Date: 2001-03-15
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: William O'Donohue
  • Publisher: SAGE



Behaviorists, or more precisely Skinnerians, commonly consider Skinner's work to have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and to some extent defamed. In this book, the author clarifies the work of B F Skinner, and puts it into historical and philosophical context. Though not a biography, the book discusses Skinner himself, in brief. But the bulk of the book illuminats Skinner's contributions to psychology, his philosophy of science, his experimental research program (logical positivism) and the behavioral principles that emerged from it, and applied aspects of his work. It also rebuts criticism of Skinner's work, including radical behaviorism, and discusses key developments by others that have derived from it.

The Psychology of B F Skinner

  • Filename: the-psychology-of-b-f-skinner.
  • ISBN: 9781452262741
  • Release Date: 2001-03-15
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: William O'Donohue
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications



Behaviorists, or more precisely Skinnerians, commonly consider Skinner's work to have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and to some extent defamed. In this book, the author clarifies the work of B F Skinner, and puts it into historical and philosophical context. Though not a biography, the book discusses Skinner himself, in brief. But the bulk of the book illuminats Skinner's contributions to psychology, his philosophy of science, his experimental research program (logical positivism) and the behavioral principles that emerged from it, and applied aspects of his work. It also rebuts criticism of Skinner's work, including radical behaviorism, and discusses key developments by others that have derived from it.

The Selection of Behavior

  • Filename: the-selection-of-behavior.
  • ISBN: 0521348617
  • Release Date: 1988-06-24
  • Number of pages: 563
  • Author: A. Charles Catania
  • Publisher: CUP Archive



This 1988 book is a revealing historical record of the work of B. F. Skinner and its impact on psychology.

Verbal Behavior

  • Filename: verbal-behavior.
  • ISBN: 9780989983907
  • Release Date: 2014-05-26
  • Number of pages: 1025
  • Author: B. F. Skinner
  • Publisher: B. F. Skinner Foundation



In 1934, at the age of 30, B. F. Skinner found himself at a dinner sitting next to Professor Alfred North Whitehead. Never one to lose an opportunity to promote behaviorism, Skinner expounded its main tenets to the distinguished philosopher. Whitehead acknowledged that science might account for most of human behavior but he would not include verbal behavior. He ended the discussion with a challenge: "Let me see you," he said, "account for my behavior as I sit here saying, 'No black scorpion is falling upon this table.'" The next morning Skinner began this book. It took him over twenty years to complete. This book extends the laboratory-based principles of selection by consequences to account for what people say, write, gesture, and think. Skinner argues that verbal behavior requires a separate analysis because it does not operate on the environment directly, but rather through the behavior of other people in a verbal community. He illustrates his thesis with examples from literature, the arts, and sciences, as well as from his own verbal behavior and that of his colleagues and children. Perhaps it is because this theoretical work provides a way to approach that most human of human behavior that Skinner ofter called Verbal Behavior his most important work.

Science And Human Behavior

  • Filename: science-and-human-behavior.
  • ISBN: 9780029290408
  • Release Date: 1965-03-01
  • Number of pages: 461
  • Author: B.F Skinner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the possible ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled

About Behaviorism

  • Filename: about-behaviorism.
  • ISBN: 9780307797841
  • Release Date: 2011-08-24
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: B.F. Skinner
  • Publisher: Vintage



The basic book about the controversial philosophy known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent. Bibliography, index.

Walden Two

  • Filename: walden-two.
  • ISBN: 1603844171
  • Release Date: 1974
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: B. F. Skinner
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing



This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct.

Beyond Freedom and Dignity

  • Filename: beyond-freedom-and-dignity.
  • ISBN: 1603844163
  • Release Date: 2002-03-01
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Burrhus Frederic Skinner
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing



In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B. F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Insisting that the problems of the world today can be solved only by dealing much more effectively with human behavior, Skinner argues that our traditional concepts of freedom and dignity must be sharply revised. They have played an important historical role in our struggle against many kinds of tyranny, he acknowledges, but they are now responsible for the futile defense of a presumed free and autonomous individual; they are perpetuating our use of punishment and blocking the development of more effective cultural practices. Basing his arguments on the massive results of the experimental analysis of behavior he pioneered, Skinner rejects traditional explanations of behavior in terms of states of mind, feelings, and other mental attributes in favor of explanations to be sought in the interaction between genetic endowment and personal history. He argues that instead of promoting freedom and dignity as personal attributes, we should direct our attention to the physical and social environments in which people live. It is the environment rather than humankind itself that must be changed if the traditional goals of the struggle for freedom and dignity are to be reached. Beyond Freedom and Dignity urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems--one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements.

B F Skinner

  • Filename: b-f-skinner.
  • ISBN: 9781317716112
  • Release Date: 2016-04-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Marc N. Richelle
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



B.F. Skinner died in August 1990. He had been praised as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, but was also attacked by a variety of opponents within and outside the field of psychology. This introduction to his work is first of all a guide to a correct reading of his writings, a reading devoid of the distortions and misinterpretations often conveyed by many commentators, including psychologists. It frames Skinner's contributions with reference to major European traditions in psychological sciences, namely Pavlov, Freud, Lorenz and Piaget. Crucial aspects of Skinner's theory and methodological stands are discussed in the context of contemporary debates: special attention is devoted to the relationship of psychology with biology and the neurosciences, to the cognitivist movement, to the status of language and to the explanation of novelty and creativity in human behaviour.; Finally, Skinner's social and political philosophy is presented with an emphasis on the provocative aspects of an analysis of current social practices which fail to solve most of the urgent problems humankind is confronted with today. Both in science proper and in human affairs at large, Skinner's thought is shown to be not behind, as is often claimed, but ahead of the times, be it in his interactive view of linguistic communication, in his very modern use of the evolutionary analogy to explain the dynamics of behaviour, or in his vision of ecological constraints.

The Goal of B F Skinner and Behavior Analysis

  • Filename: the-goal-of-b-f-skinner-and-behavior-analysis.
  • ISBN: 9781461233947
  • Release Date: 2012-12-06
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Author: Robert W. Proctor
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



In this new volume in Springer-Verlag's series "Recent Research in Psychology", Drs. Proctor and Weeks examine what has long been a "self-asserted superiority" of behavior analysts and Skinnerian researchers. Most behavior-analytic views derive from the philosophy of radical behaviorism, as conceived by B.F. Skinner, and prescribe a "world view" where environmental contingencies determine all aspects of behavior. This view necessarily assumes all other views to be inferior because of its world view, hence, those subscribing to behavior analysis will tolerate no other theory. The Goal of B.F. Skinner and Behavior Analysis examines closely the rationale behind the Skinnerian philosophy, challenging its validity through the author's own research.

Beyond the Box

  • Filename: beyond-the-box.
  • ISBN: 9781442692503
  • Release Date: 2009-05-09
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Alexandra Rutherford
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press



B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) is one of the most famous and influential figures in twentieth century psychology. A best-selling author, inventor, and social commentator, Skinner was both a renowned scientist and a public intellectual known for his controversial theories of human behavior. Beyond the Box is the first full-length study of the ways in which Skinner's ideas left the laboratory to become part of the post-war public's everyday lives, and chronicles both the enthusiasm and caution with which this process was received. Using selected case studies, Alexandra Rutherford provides a fascinating account of Skinner and his acolytes' attempts to weave their technology of human behavior into the politically turbulent fabric of 1950s-70s American life. To detail their innovative methods, Rutherford uses extensive archival materials and interviews to study the Skinnerians' creation of human behavior laboratories, management programs for juvenile delinquents, psychiatric wards, and prisons, as well as their influence on the self-help industry with popular books on how to quit smoking, lose weight, and be more assertive. A remarkable look at a post-war scientific and technological revolution, Beyond the Box is a rewarding study of how behavioral theories met real-life problems, and the ways in which Skinner and his followers continue to influence the present.

Opening Skinner s Box

  • Filename: opening-skinner-s-box.
  • ISBN: 9781408883129
  • Release Date: 2016-07-28
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Lauren Slater
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



A century can be understood in many ways - in terms of its inventions, its crimes or its art. In Opening Skinner's Box, Lauren Slater sets out to investigate the twentieth century through a series of ten fascinating, witty and sometimes shocking accounts of its key psychological experiments. Starting with the founder of modern scientific experimentation, B.F. Skinner, Slater traces the evolution of the last hundred years' most pressing concerns - free will, authoritarianism, violence, conformity and morality. Previously buried in academic textbooks, these often daring experiments are now seen in their full context and told as stories, rich in plot, wit and character.

Shakespeare s Imagined Persons

  • Filename: shakespeare-s-imagined-persons.
  • ISBN: 9780230376755
  • Release Date: 1996-05-10
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: P. Murray
  • Publisher: Springer



Challenging our understanding of ideas about psychology in Shakespeare's time, Shakespeare's Imagined Persons proposes we should view his characters as imagined persons. A new reading of B.F. Skinner's radical behaviourism brings out how - contrary to the impression he created - Skinner ascribes an important role in human behaviour to cognitive activity. Using this analysis, Peter Murray demonstrates the consistency of radical behaviourism with the psychology of character formation and acting in writers from Plato to Shakespeare - an approach little explored in the current debates about subjectivity in Elizabethan culture. Murray also shows that radical behaviourism can explain the phenomena observed in modern studies of acting and social role-playing. Drawing on these analyses of earlier and modern psychology, Murray goes on to reveal the dynamics of Shakespeare's characterizations of Hamlet, Prince Hal, Rosalind, and Perdita in a fascinating new light.

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