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.

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.

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.

Science And Human Behavior

  • Filename: science-and-human-behavior.
  • ISBN: 9781476716152
  • Release Date: 2012-12-18
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: B.F Skinner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



The psychology classic—a detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the possible ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled—from one of the most influential behaviorists of the twentieth century and the author of Walden Two. “This is an important book, exceptionally well written, and logically consistent with the basic premise of the unitary nature of science. Many students of society and culture would take violent issue with most of the things that Skinner has to say, but even those who disagree most will find this a stimulating book.” —Samuel M. Strong, The American Journal of Sociology “This is a remarkable book—remarkable in that it presents a strong, consistent, and all but exhaustive case for a natural science of human behavior…It ought to be…valuable for those whose preferences lie with, as well as those whose preferences stand against, a behavioristic approach to human activity.” —Harry Prosch, Ethics

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.

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.

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. From the Paperback edition.

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.

Bridging Philosophy and Psychology Using the Example of Behaviourism and B F Skinner s Beyond Freedom and Dignity

  • Filename: bridging-philosophy-and-psychology-using-the-example-of-behaviourism-and-b-f-skinner-s-beyond-freedom-and-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9783638649889
  • Release Date: 2007-06
  • Number of pages: 56
  • Author: Christian Kuhn
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag



Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Other, grade: 1 (A), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Institute for Foreign Language Philology), course: The Beautiful and the Sublime, language: English, comment: The paper is a philosophical discussion of the psychological school of Behaviourism, relating the philosophical ideas of B. F. Skinner to early English empisicists, John Locke and David Hume. Including facts towards Behaviourism and Empirism, also comprising a summary of B. F. Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity.", abstract: It seems impossible to give a precise definition of the term philosophy and the teachings that are connected with it. Generally, philosophers' concerns are questions for the reason and the origin of all being. In a way, these questions unite all of today's arts subjects. As an effect, though, the boundaries between arts often become blurred, all the more since psychology from the early ancient world until the 19th century has merely been regarded as a philosophical field. With the emancipation of psychology as a scientific discipline on its own, teachings were partly in opposition to the traditional way of thinking, if being based on empirical evidence rather than theoretical considerations. Thus, fundamentals of human psyche happen to become a somewhat delicate matter. With this paper I have touched philosophical and psychological problems using the example of B. F. Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," trying to show the relationship and the margins of both fields. The author - Burrhus Frederick Skinner (1904-1990) - is regarded one of the most radical 'scientists' among all psychologists. Skinner counts for a distinguished representative of a psychological theory that strongly tries to separate psychological findings from anything experimentally unobservable - (American) behaviourism. Nevertheless, Skinner's book Beyond Freedom and Dignity of 1971 largely leaves out any deta

The Psychology of Learning and the Art of Teaching

  • Filename: the-psychology-of-learning-and-the-art-of-teaching.
  • ISBN: 9780595242894
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: John A. Kaufhold
  • Publisher: iUniverse



John and Sumita Kaufhold (shown at Oxford University) have conducted numerous national and international seminars on educational improvement.

Upon further reflection

  • Filename: upon-further-reflection.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015015368346
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 214
  • Author: Burhues F. Skinner
  • Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall



This book deals with global issues concerning ecology and world government. It moves from the very general to the very specific.

Reflections on behaviorism and society

  • Filename: reflections-on-behaviorism-and-society.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015056963005
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Author: Burrhus F. Skinner
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall



B. F. Skinner presents his views on behavior modification and the role of behaviorism in society, education, and future attainment of the goals of humanism

What Is B F Skinner Really Saying

  • Filename: what-is-b-f-skinner-really-saying.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105035864888
  • Release Date: 1979-01-01
  • Number of pages: 198
  • Author: Robert D. Nye
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Direct



Seeks to overcome the common misconceptions and oversimplification of Skinnerian psychology and explore the underlying theories and principles of behaviorism, its relationship to Freudian and humanistic psychology, and its relevance to today's world

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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