B.F. Skinner's Theories: Overview


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Which of the following is an accurate description of Skinner's influence on the field of psychology?

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1. Which of the following describes how Skinner's teaching machine made use of his research in reinforcement?

2. Which of the following describes Skinner's theoretical orientation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

B.F. Skinner was a leading proponent of behaviorism, an approach to psychology that rejected the significance of thought and feeling in understanding actions and decisions. Behaviorism instead focused on the positive and negative consequences of behavior. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Skinner's theory of operant conditioning and his contribution to the field of psychology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Skinner's teaching machine
  • Skinner's research with pigeons
  • Skinner's influence on the field of psychology
  • The theoretical orientation of B.F. Skinner
  • Examples of positive reinforcement

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Skinner's work to answer questions about his theories on behavior
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as behaviorism and positive reinforcement
  • Making connections - examine how behaviorism operates in social settings and situations
  • Critical thinking - apply the concept of free will to Skinner's theories and examine behaviorism in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on B.F. Skinner and his theories on behavior. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Skinner's break with established theories of psychology
  • Define operant conditioning
  • Understand Skinner's scientific approach to psychology
  • Know Skinner's major experiments and studies in behaviorism
  • Understand Skinner's influence on the field of mental health