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ISBN: 0394505816
Author: B.F. Skinner
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (May 12, 1979)
Pages: 373
Category: Psychology
Subcategory: Medicine
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The other volumes are Particulars of my life and A Matter of Consequences (. Thanks to Fred I was now so much much the complete behaviorist that I was shocked when people I admired used mentalistic terms.

The other volumes are Particulars of my life and A Matter of Consequences (.  .

The next morning I drew up the outline of a book on verbal behavior. The next morning I drew up the outline of a book on verbal behavior.

New York: Knopf, 1974. Particulars of My Life. The B. F. Skinner Foundation began as a publisher of behavioral books, mostly those written by Skinner.

New York: Knopf, 1974. New York: Knopf, 1976. Reflections on Behaviorism and Society. New York: Knopf, 1979. Recently we have begun to convert Skinner Books into eBook format that can be read on cell phones, tablets, Nooks, Kindles, and, of course, on computer screens. The Foundation is also exploring support for reprinting Skinner’s three volume autobiography with additional photos, notes, and (in an electronic version) video or audio clips.

Any type of book or journal citing B. Skinner as a writer should appear on this list

Any type of book or journal citing B. Skinner as a writer should appear on this list. The full bibliography of the author B. Skinner below includes book jacket images whenever possible. This list features Verbal Behavior Walden Two and more. 1. Beyond Freedom and Dignity B. Skinner. 2. Verbal Behavior B. Skinner's Walden 2 B. 4. Cumulative record B.

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Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990), commonly known as B. Skinner, was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990), commonly known as B. 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

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Continues Skinner's life story through the crucial years that saw the development of his controversial behaviorist philosophy, his famous experiments with rats and pigeons, the invention of the Skinner Box, and the writing of Walden Two

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Sharpbrew
The first part of the autobiography was a descriptive account of Skinner's life before going to grad school. It was sprinkled with little anecdotes foreshadowing some of his future research and learning trajectories. *You do not need to be a behaviorist to understand the autobiography. [It depicts an interactional history consistent with many of the behaviors he exhibited later as a behaviorist and provides a verbal account that illustrates how his susceptibility to certain types of reinforcement apparent in his childhood are also evident in his later behaviors e.g. research, building the Skinner box, building the baby box, etc.]
The second volume continues this description of his life and his experiences as a graduate/doctoral student at Harvard as well as his career up until beginning his work (as a professor) at Harvard. There is a lot of description from his life, which includes interesting insight as to how he happened upon certain research elements that would later prove significant.
Xangeo
never showed up, but it is a fantastic book.
Zicelik
Good autobiography.
Phalaken
Great book and awesome seller! Recommend!
Thetalen
Skinner shapes your thoughts in this book on Behaviorism. Agree or not agree, it is a grat model to get you thinking.
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Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was an American psychologist, social philosopher,and author. He was a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, and perhaps the most influential behaviorist of the 20th century. His most famous books are Verbal Behavior,Beyond Freedom & Dignity and Walden Two. The other volumes are Particulars of my life and A Matter of Consequences (B.F. Skinner's Autobiography, Pt 3).

After being asked to give a colloquium, he mused during its preparation, "At the beginning of the experimental session, a rat eats rather rapidly, but, as the rate falls off, there are pauses between pellets... during which the rat moves rather aimlessly about the box... In my experiment the only thing the rat had to do was to decide: to eat or not to eat. But the decision was made FOR the rat... by some orderly physiological change." (Pg. 61) His friend Fred Keller said of Skinner, "'Burrhus says a thing in its most extreme form and takes some of it back if he has to.' There were many things about behaviorism that I would never take back. Thanks to Fred I was now so much much the complete behaviorist that I was shocked when people I admired used mentalistic terms." (Pg. 80)

When explaining his ideas to philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, he recalls, "He agreed that science might be successful in accounting for human behavior provided one made an exception of VERBAL behavior. Here, he insisted, something else must be at work. He brought the discussion to a close with a friendly challenge, 'Let me see you,' he said, 'account for my behavior as I sit here saying, "No black scorpion is falling upon this table."' The next morning I drew up the outline of a book on verbal behavior." (Pg. 149)

When he began looking for a job, he admitted, "there was the almost insurmountable difficulty that I lacked qualifications. I knew almost nothing about psychology... I had never had a course in social or child psychology... I had learned nothing from [Gordon Allport] about personality... I had never even read a text in psychology as a whole. Even as an 'animal psychologist' I knew little about the errors made by rats in mazes... nor had I any interest in finding out." (Pg. 178-179)

Later, he recalls, "I had collected a lot of experimental data on verbal behavior... They threw the book as a whole badly out of balance because I could not find experiments for the greater part of the analysis. I was still the empiricist at heart, but I did not think it would betray the position if my book were not a review of established facts. I was INTERPRETING a complex field, using principles that had been verified under simpler, controlled conditions... I decided to leave out all experimental data." (Pg. 282)

He asserts, "Consciousness or awareness, generated by the differential reinforcement supplied by a verbal environment, was a social product. It was not a matter of observing the nervous system... The events observed through introspection were physiological ... but they were stimuli and responses, not nerve impulses... The EVIDENCE that a person was 'having thoughts' was behavioral: there was nothing psychic or mental to be explained." (Pg. 295) Later, he adds, "The question of truth had come up years earlier when I was discussing my thesis... I had said that I was not writing to state truths but to have an effect upon my reader. [His professor] sent me a note the next day telling me that he was shocked. But my subsequent analysis led to much the same conclusion." (Pg. 336)

This book provides fascinating insights into the development of Skinner's ideas, and will be of great interest to to anyone studying him, or behaviorism in general.

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