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Skinner, Burrhus Frederic

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Author(s): Hanisch, Helmut
[German Version] (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…

Johnson, Paul E.

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Author(s): Hanisch, Helmut
[German Version] (Feb 19, 1898, Niantic, CT – Sep 1, 1974, Cape Cod, MA), studied at the Universities of Chicago and Boston, among others. After intensive training in clinical pastoral education, he taught psychology of religion and pastoral psychology. In his teaching, he recognized the importance of clinical training in the context of theological education. Accordingly, he organized training courses in hospitals. Under his supervision, a large number of specialists were trained who passed on the…


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Author(s): Greschat, Hans-Jürgen | Müller, Peter | Schlapkohl, Corinna | Hanisch, Helmut
[German Version] I. History of Religions – II. Bible – III. Dogmatics – IV. Social Ethics – V. Social Sciences, Education, and Practical Theology I. History of Religions Some cultures draw a clear distinction between religious matters and medical, legal, political, and other concerns; other cultures do not. For the latter, religion includes everything that is of importance to human beings. 1. Newborn children a. Acceptance. In some cultures, an examination takes place to determine whether the newborn is really a human being and not a spirit. Others ch…