Psychology

B. F. Skinner

Birth and Death

Born March 20, 1904


Died August 18, 1990


College

1926, Hamilton College
1930, Harvard University
1931 Ph.D., Harvard University


Field of Study

Psychologist

Behaviorist

Author

Inventor

Social Philosopher

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Family

Married Yvonne Blue in 1936

Two daughters Julie and Deborah


Career

1945 became Psychology Department Chair at the University of Indiana


1948 he joined the psychology department of Harvard


Inventions

Invented the 'Skinner box' which a rat learns to obtain food by pressing lever

Operant Conditioning

Baby Tender

Fixed and Variable ratio schedules





Contribution

He contributed immensely to experimental psychology