B.F. life and remember my dealings with either

B.F.
Skinner was an extraordinary man. He was left an only child after his younger
brother passed away. Skinner was very tech savvy at a young age. He and a close
friend built a contraption that separated ripe berries from the unripe ones and
created a business out of it. During college he joined a fraternity. At first,
Skinner believed that his fraternity didn’t participate in hazing and treated
their members with respect. He was soon proven wrong when he was tied to a pole
where he was supposed to stay all night. Lucky for Skinner, he was able to cut
himself free. While at Harvard, Skinner created the prototype of the Skinner
Box. The box was used to study animal behavior. The Skinner box was also known
as the Operant conditioning chamber. 

During this week’s reading I was exposed to the theories of
Skinner, the creator of the Operant Conditioning theory. He believed that
reinforcement shaped behavior, either positive or negative and the use of
punishment. Positive reinforcement is praise after a behavior is exhibited.
Negative reinforcement is the removal of some unfavorable event, both believed
to strengthen behavior. Punishment is known to be a suppressant because
behaviors may or may not reoccur. I agreed with Skinners theory on conditioning
because it seems as if we all have learned in that way. By being conditioned to
either do or not do things. When I was in grade school, I had more chores added
for bad behavior or grades. I was also taken on ice cream trips after getting
good grades and behaving well. Skinners beliefs made the most sense to me
because I was able to compare them to my life and remember my dealings with
either positive or negative reinforcements. 

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References

B. F. Skinner Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2018,
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B.F. Skinner. (2016, January 20). Retrieved January 21,
2018, from https://www.biography.com/people/bf-skinner-9485671

McLeod, S. (1970, January 01). Saul McLeod. Retrieved
January 21, 2018, from https://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html

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