B.F. Skinner

One of the most influential of American psychologists

Birth and Death

Birth: March, 20, 1904


Death: August, 18, 1990

Some Contributions

  • Skinner developed the theory of operant conditioning -- the idea that behavior is determined by its consequences, be they reinforcements or punishments, which make it more or less likely that the behavior will occur again.
  • Skinner also invented the Skinner box, a small, soundproof chamber in which an animal could be isolated from all distractions and outside influences, responding only to the controlled conditions within the box.

Interesting Facts

  • Skinner was heavily influenced by the work of John B. Watson as well as Edward Thorndike
  • .He spent most of his professional life teaching at Harvard University after nine years in the psychology department at Indiana University.
  • Skinner died of leukemia.

Research Importance

Skinner created behaviorism which is a very important theory in today's psychological world.