The name B F Skinner was once known to every student and his work was taught as unassailable fact. His theory is based upon the idea that learning is a function of change in overt behavior. Change in behavior is the result of an individual's response to stimuli that occur in the environment. A response produces a consequence. When a particular Stimulus-Response pattern is reinforced, the individual is conditioned to respond. Whatever you may think of his research, we should all be able to learn from some of his methods. Much of his best known work was with rats and the 'Skinner Box'. Some will say that humans are quite different from the subject rodents, and that conclusions of such research would not apply to humans.
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