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Lecture 32

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Dalhousie University
PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

Monday, Nov. 26 2012 PSYO 3280 Personality Psychology Case Study of B.F. Skinner Demorest and Siegel → Skinner box and the baby crib - Designed the skinner box to do research with pigeons and rats - Allows the pigeon to stand on the metal grill and allow it to do whatever it needs to do for the experiment - The baby crib was built with the same idea → Skinners Pigeon Guided missile - Developed during the 2 world war - Believed you could put pigeons into missiles and when they say the target they were trained to, they would peck in the direction of the target causing the missile to travel in that direction and blow up the target and the bird → Skinner was a Harvard behaviourist - Was highly regarded for his work on operant conditioning Case Study of B.F. Skinner → Test hypothesis of subjective life influences on professional work - Didn’t believe his subjective life would have an influence on his professional work because he believed there was no such thing → Data: test salience of ‘primacy’ material - First experimental design  Used to study how a rat adapted
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