skinner, b. f.

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Skinner, B. F. definition


An American psychologist of the twentieth century who stressed the similarities between human and animal learning processes. To measure learning, Skinner devised a box (the Skinner box) in which an animal learns to press a lever to get food or water. (See also behaviorism and conditioned response.)

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