Skinner Article

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Psychology

 

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Amanda J

 

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February 14, 2012

 

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Skinner developed this theory by conducting experiments on rats and pigeons in a “Skinner Box”. The theory of operant conditioning showed how the environment affects a person’s behavior. For example, a primary school teacher would use positive reinforcement to strengthen good behavior by using stars as rewards for good work...
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However, the biological approach criticizes Skinner as he doesn’t recognize how hormones and chromosomes affect behavior. For example, testosterone makes a person more aggressive. One of Skinner's experiments examined the formation of superstition in the pigeon. Skinner placed a series of hungry pigeons in a cage attached to an automatic mechanism that delivered food to the pigeons at regular intervals with no reference whatsoever to the bird's behavior...
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