The Man And Science Behind Token Economies

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The Man and Science Behind Token Economies
B.f. Skinner once proclaimed “Give me a child and I’ll shape him into anything.” Today, our generation now knows that statement to be true. Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in a small town, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. His father was a lawyer and his mother was an independent housewife. B.F. Skinner, as he is more commonly referred to, had a brother who died of a cerebral aneurysm at age sixteen. While at Hamilton University, Skinner received his bachelor’s degree in English. At Hamilton, he wrote for the school newspaper and confessed to being an atheist (Boeree 1).
Skinner received his master’s in 1930 and his doctoral in 1931, both in psychology and at Harvard. He continued to research and conduct experiments until 1936. Burrhus moved to Minnesota in 1931. There, he met and married Yvonne Blue, and had two daughters. In 1945, Skinner was asked to be the chairman of psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. Three years later, he was the chairman of psychology at his alma mater, Harvard University, where he stayed for the rest of his life. B.F. Skinner died on August 18, 1990 of Leukemia. He was eighty-six years old (Boeree 1).
During his academic career, Skinner published many books, some extremely controversial. Walden II was the first book published that efumed widespread controversy. The story was about a utopian society that operated on Skinner’s operant conditioning techniques. The book was criticized…

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