Psychologist B.F. Skinner was born March 20, 1904 and passed away August 18, 1990. Raised in a

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Psychologist B.F. Skinner was born March 20, 1904 and passed away August 18, 1990. Raised in a small town in Pennsylvania by his father William who was a lawyer and his mother Grace. Skinner had a younger brother who he watched die at age sixteen due to cerebral hemorrhage. He attended Hamilton College in New York with plans of becoming a writer. After graduating with his B.A. in English literature he attended Harvard University. Here Skinner invented his prototype for the Skinner box. After Graduating he tried to write a novel which unsuccessfully failed. After his studies in psychology he then developed his own idea on behaviorism. Skinner then received a Ph.D. from Harvard and was a researcher there until 1936. He went on to teach at…show more content…
In September Skinner began his classes at Harvard. He was enrolled in Physiology 5; Physiology 20; Psychology 11; and elementary German due to a language requirement. During the period of these classes Skinner found great joy in finding something through experimentation, and did many experimental studies on the human consciousness and the study of animal intelligence. In this time Skinner also made a gadget which later would play an important role in research, most widely known as the Skinner box. The device was a silent release box, operated by compressed air and designed to eliminate disturbances when a rat was introduced into a habitation. In his first year of graduate school Skinner came close to changing his field from psychology to physiology. His indecision was due to his belief that psychology was less scientific than physiology, and physiology would allow the kind of experimenting he was more interested in. After deciding to stick with studying psychology he passed his German and French exams required for his Ph.D. For the spring term he was enrolled in one philosophy course and three psychology courses, his favorite being Psychology 20C; animal research. It was a class that met once a week to discuss individual work on some aspect of animal behavior. With Dwight Chapman, another graduate student Skinner observed the insight of young squirrels. Skinner was interested in testing the theories of Kohler a
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