B F Skinner's Behaviourism Theory

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  • Parents have known for a long time that children respond to rewards/punishments. This is the basic idea that underpins Skinner's theories.
  • Skinner's best acclaimed work is based on reinforcement, both positive and negative.
  • Skinner argued that the chain of behaviour - consequence does not need to be repeated to have an effect; the reaction to a familiar stimulus is immediate. This is operant behaviour / operant conditioning.
  • Researchers used a rat in a box with a…


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