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People/Characters: B. F. Skinner

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50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books by Tom Butler-Bowdon
Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison
B.F. Skinner: A Life by Daniel W. Bjork
The Ghost in the Machine by Arthur Koestler
History of Modern Psychology by Duane P. Schultz
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
How to think about weird things : critical thinking for a new age by Theodore Schick Jr.
The Manipulated Mind: Brainwashing, Conditioning and Indoctrination by Denise Winn
Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley
On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson
Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater
A Practical Approach to Counselling by Margaret Hough
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman
The secret history of kindness by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Seven Theories of Human Nature by Leslie Stevenson
The SKINNER PRIMER: Behind Freedom and Dignity: What the B.F. Skinner Debate is All About. by Finley Carpenter
The Truth about the World: Basic Readings in Philosophy by James Rachels

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Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990), commonly known as B. F. Skinner, was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974.

Skinner considered free will an illusion and human action dependent on consequences of previous actions. If the consequences are bad, there is a high chance the action will not be repeated; if the consequences are good, the probability of the action being repeated becomes stronger.  Skinner called this the principle of reinforcement.

To strengthen behavior, Skinner used operant conditioning, and he considered the rate of response to be the most effective measure of response strength. To study operant conditioning, he invented the operant conditioning chamber, also known as the Skinner Box, and to measure rate he invented the cumulative recorder. Using these tools, he and C. B. Ferster produced his most influential experimental work, which appeared in their book Schedules of Reinforcement (1957). 

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