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B. F. Skinner (1904)close

Born Burrhus Frederic Skinner in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Skinner attended Hamilton College and majored in English. He became interested in behavioral psychology after reading the works of John Watson and Ivan Pavlov, and received a degree in psychology from Harvard in 1931. Skinner is best known for his experiments with operant conditioning, a process by which animals and humans can be "trained' to behave in particular ways by consistently rewarding (or reinforcing) the desired behavior.

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