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Skinner, Burrhus Frederic
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(Mar 20, 1904, Susquehanna, PA – Aug 18, 1990, Cambridge, MA) was one of the leading exponents of Behaviorism. Impressed by the works of Ivan Petrovich Pavlov and John-Broadus Watson, which he had stumbled on by chance, he began to study psychology at Harvard at the age of 24. He discovered that the association between spontaneously occurring behavior and its consequence in the form of reinforcement is significant for learning. In animal experiments, he was able to show that reinf…

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Hanisch, Helmut, “Skinner, Burrhus Frederic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025581>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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