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The psychology of B.F. Skinner

Author: William T O'Donohue; Kyle E Ferguson
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 illuminates Skinner's contributions to psychology, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Donohue, William T.
Psychology of B.F. Skinner.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, ©2001
(OCoLC)606547491
Named Person: B F Skinner; B F Skinner; Burrhus Frederic Skinner; B F Skinner; Burrhus F Skinner; Burrhus F Skinner
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William T O'Donohue; Kyle E Ferguson
ISBN: 0761917586 9780761917588 0761917594 9780761917595
OCLC Number: 45188938
Description: x, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: B.F. Skinner--The man --
Skinner's intellectual background --
Skinner's philosophy of a science of human behavior--Radical behaviorism --
Operant conditioning and the experimental analysis of behavior --
Skinner on cognition --
Skinner on language --
Applied behavior analysis --
B.F. Skinner : expert self-manager --
Skinner's views on bettering society --
Criticisms of Skinner --
Skinner's legacy.
Responsibility: William O'Donohue, Kyle E. Ferguson.
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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 illuminates 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.

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