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.

Operant Conditioning and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Operant Conditioning and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Operant conditioning and the experimental analysis of behavior

This chapter will introduce many of the empirical regularities that were discovered in the experimental analysis of behavior as well as the experimental methods and procedures used to uncover these. These empirical regularities have names, such as reinforcement, discrimination, and extinction. These are not just names for concepts that need to be researched to see if they actually describe reality. All of these have been well researched for the past 40 years or so, and it is no longer controversial to assert that behavior is lawful in the ways described by these terms.

We are including an overview of these empirical regularities and of this behavioral research methodology because we want ...

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