Best B. F. Skinner books

Science And Human Behavior

B.F Skinner

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The psychology classic—a detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the possible ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled—from one of the most influential behaviorists of the twentieth century and the author of Walden Two.

“This is an important book, exceptionally well written, and logically consistent with the basic premise of the unitary nature of science. Many students of society and culture would take violent issue with most of the things that Skinner has to say, but even those who disagree most will find this a stimulating book.” —Samuel M. Strong, The American Journal of Sociology

“This is a remarkable book—remarkable in that it presents a strong, consistent, and all but exhaustive case for a natural science of human behavior…It ought to be…valuable for those whose preferences lie with, as well as those whose preferences stand against, a behavioristic approach to human activity.” —Harry Prosch, Ethics

About Behaviorism

B.F. Skinner

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The basic book about the controversial philosophy known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent. Bibliography, index.

Verbal Behavior

B. F. Skinner

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2015 Reprint of 1957 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The significance of this work was grasped immediately. Osgood wrote that "Verbal Behavior is certainly one of the two or three most significant contributions to this field in our time." (Osgood, 1958, p. 212). Morris wrote that "Skinner is both elegant and admirable (Morris, 1958, p. 213.) Both predicted a promising future for the book and such did turn out to be the case. Over more than half a century after its initial publication in 1957, "Verbal Behavior" has remained in demand and continues to be relevant. The documented efficacy of Skinner's practices, especially with autism, has assured its relevance. His functional analysis of language continues to inform contemporary research in the field of linguistics. Contents: A functional analysis of verbal behavior -- General problems -- The mand -- Verbal behavior under the control of verbal stimuli -- The tact -- Special conditions affecting stimulus control -- The audience -- The verbal operant as a unit of analysis -- Multiple causation -- Supplementary stimulation -- New combinations of fragmentary responses -- The autoclitic -- Grammar and syntax as autoclitic processes -- Composition and its effects -- Self-editing -- Special conditions of self-editing -- Self-strengthening of verbal behavior -- Logical and scientific verbal behavior -- Thinking.

Walden Two (Hackett Classics)

B. F. Skinner

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A reprint of the 1976 Macmillan edition.

This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct.

B.f. Skinner: A Life

Daniel W. Bjork

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A biography of the controversial behavioral psychologist. Bjork, who teaches history at St. Mary's U. in San Antonio, Texas, draws on the Skinner collection in the Harvard archives and other sources to sketch a portrait of Skinner as a boy and as a man and to highlight the development of his thinking. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Verbal Behavior

B. F. Skinner

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Over half a century after its initial publication in 1957, Verbal Behavior has remained in high demand and continues to contribute to science and society. The documented efficacy of Skinner's practices has maintained the popularity of Verbal Behavior despite the initial criticism from Noam Chomsky's allegedly fatal review. In fact, his research has inspired techniques that have proven increasingly successful with aberrant behavior disorders, such as autism and delayed speech.

In this brilliant and ambitious work, Skinner gives a functional analysis of verbal behavior and argues that operant conditioning can account for and explain a large portion of linguistic phenomena, as demonstrated in laboratory experiments and extensive literary analysis. Skinner details the consequences and issues of this analysis and addresses its philosophical implications, such as the social aspects of language and natures of meaning and thought.

Skinner's classic study of psychology, while controversial, has contributed to the welfare of society, and it continues to inspire a growing body of research and applications. Verbal Behavior is an exceptional theoretical work for those who wish to understand the principals of behavioral therapy.

B. F. Skinner (1904-1990), America's most influential behavioral scientist, authored over 20 books and nearly 200 articles. He served as the Psychology Department Chair at the University of Indiana and later became the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University until his retirement in 1974. His contributions to psychology have incited an abundance of developments and remain relevant in the field today.

B.F. Skinner: Benign Anarchist

Daniel N. Wiener

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B. F. Skinner was a colorful, complex, and enigmatic figure. He is presented here in all his complexity, in a candid portrait reflecting Wiener's knowledge of the man and his field and enriched by dozens of personal interviews, a large body of unpublished correspondence, and the cooperation of Skinner during the last years of his life.
His first popular book was a publishing failure, with copies still remaining four years after the 800-copy first printing; at Harvard he was one of the few students with the audacity to resist attempts by his doctoral thesis advisor to influence the direction of his work; his most original ideas and inventions made him the subject of caustic professional and personal commentary throughout his life; he was both a somewhat aloof individualist and a public figure who wanted his ideas to influence society at large; and he was probably the best-known research psychologist of the 20th century.
The book begins with Skinner's boyhood in rural Pennsylvania, where his early talent for tinkering and inventing foreshadowed his later practice of creating much of the equipment used in his research. His college years were marked by pranks and practical jokes, one of which nearly endangered his graduation. Following college he spent what he called his "Dark Year," during which he attempted to become a 'literary writer' by writing a novel, a dream he never fully relinquished. But once Skinner hit his stride in graduate school, he emerged as one of the most influential - and controversial - figures in American psychology. Often misrepresented and misunderstood, Skinner nevertheless left an indelible legacy of research and ideas related to the shaping of human behavior through positive reinforcement. His utopian novel Walden Two has sold 3,000,000 copies, and his second popular book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, appeared on the New York Times best seller list for 20 weeks.
Readers will find here an illuminating account of Skinner's life and work as well as reflections of his many facets: researcher, thinker, gifted teacher, writer, iconoclast, and inventor. Besides the ubiquitous "Skinner box" (a term he never used), he invented "the baby tender," the teaching machine, and a precision bombsight using live pigeons. Also included in this book are insights about Skinner's relationships with family, friends, and noted colleagues, including his role as a father and his life-long friendship with Fred Keller. The book is enhanced by extensive references and a complete bibliography of Skinner's writings.

Enjoy Old Age: A Practical Guide

B. F. Skinner

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“[A] wealth of practical guidelines to enhance the pleasures of life.” ―Jane E. Brody, New York Times “With humor and personal anecdotes, [Skinner] suggest ways to shape an older person’s environment so that the imperfections of old age present as few intrusions as possible.” ―New Orleans Times-Picayune

"People are now planning better for physical old age," the authors write, "but a different kind of planning is necessary for the enjoyment of it. That is where we hope this book will help." One of the twentieth century's most notable psychologists, B. F. Skinner gives solid and uplifting advice on dealing with the problems of age. With Margaret Vaughan, an expert on aging and formerly a research associate at Harvard, he shows you how to: * make changes in your surroundings to compensate for the drawbacks of age; * combat forgetfulness and keep thinking clearly and creatively; * get along better with younger people and children; * deal with the new emotional responses age brings and much more.

Psychology Classics: Superstition in the Pigeon

B. F. Skinner

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A Psychology Classic

Burrhus Frederic "B. F." Skinner ranks among the most frequently cited and influential psychologists in the history of the discipline. Building on the behaviorist theories of Ivan Pavlov and John Watson he was the first psychologist to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association (APA.) Originally published in 1948, Superstition in The Pigeon is a learning theory classic.

Note To Psychology Students If you ever have to do a paper, assignment or class project on the work of B. F. Skinner having access to Superstition in The Pigeon in full will prove invaluable. A psychology classic is by definition a must read; however, most landmark texts within the discipline remain unread by a majority of psychology students. A detailed, well written description of a classic study is fine to a point, but there is absolutely no substitute for understanding and engaging with the issues under review than by reading the authors unabridged ideas, thoughts and findings in their entirety.

Bonus Material Shortly after the publication of Superstition in the Pigeon, Skinner gave a detailed account of his science of behavior in a paper presented to the Midwestern Psychological Association, in Chicago. First published in 1950, the paper entitled Are Theories of Learning Necessary? is also presented in full.

Superstition in The Pigeon by B. F. Skinner has been produced as part of an initiative by the website to make historically important psychology publications widely available.

Walden Two

B. F. Skinner

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classic story of a utopian society in the US