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The Behavior of Organisms

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Paperback, 473 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Copley Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1938)
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Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This may be the most important book in the development of modern behavioral thinking in psychology of the last century. In it, Skinner, begins to lay out the work of behavioral psychology for the next 50 years. We are still examining its philosophical implications and as yet we have left unsolved the problems of mind, consciousness, free will, and the good life.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Masterfully written, but the vast majority of observations and data is outdated, and reading it before being familiar with Behaviorism can be quite misleading.
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very good primer on the study of behavior.
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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