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This book was written before I was born, but it was the reason I pursued a doctoral degree in behavior analysis. Skinner's work has been maligned and largely misunderstood, as evidenced by some of the misconceptions I've read in the lower rated reviews of this collection of articles. Teaching machines allow for adaptive, individualized instruction in a way that no teacher could accomplish, and anticipated what we now know is entirely possible with the rise of big data, better processing power an ...more
Burrhus Frederic Skinner was a highly influential American psychologist, author, inventor, advocate for social reform and poet. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called Radical Behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental resea ...more