F Skinner was an American psychologist. He was known for his research into .
the learning process and his belief in a planned society. He was also recognized as a .
student of behavioral psychology. He was a leading supporter of program instruction.
B.F. Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. His .
father was a rising young lawyer, and his mother a house wife. Skinner in school was this .
type of boys that proved his teachers wrong. One time he went to the library and read .
various books on Francis Bacon and saw the championing of the inductive method in .
science against the appeal to authority was to serve him well later.
At age 24 was when he joined the Psychology Department of Harvard University. .
There he encountered himself with a “mentor equally caustic and hard-driving”. His .
name was William Crozier, he was the chair of the new department of psychology. In .
1936, when he was 32 years old, he married Yvonne Blue and the couple moved to .
Minnesota. He had a daughter named Julie and thanx to her that is when he got started .
with his invention of the baby box or the ” Baby Tender”. This was an enclosed and .
heated crib with a plexiglass window and it was like an air crib.
In 1945 he became the chairman of the psychology department at Indiana .
University. In 1948 he was invited to come to Harvard to stay there and be at the .
department of Psychology. He was a very active man, doing research and helping other .
people who were interested in psychology, also he wrote many books. He became one of .
the best psychology writers. He wrote the book Walden II which is a fictional explanation .
of a group of people that he observed by his behaviorist principles. He got inspired on .
psychology by the work of John B. Watson and Ivan Pavlov.
B.F. Skinner’s whole system or theory is based on operant conditioning. Which .
operant means: the behavior occurring just before the reinforcer. An Operant .
Conditioning is: “the behavior is followed by a consequence, and the nature of the .