Burrhus Frederic Skinner
Behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher
For what is he most famous?
How did Skinner's research affect the field of psychology?
How did Skinner's research change our understanding of how people act and think?
How did the time period in which he lived affect his research or how it was received?
Skinner emerged in a period where Freudian psychoanalysts were dominant and broke from the norm and built anon the theories of John B. Watson and Ivan Pavlov. He lived in a very authoritarian time period where people you did what they were told to do by their superiors without question, thus, his theory fit with the common theme of the period in this way.