Science And Human Behavior
Free Press, 1965 - 461 Seiten
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
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This may range from virtual certainty that drinking will occur to virtual certainty
that it will not. The very considerable problem of how to measure such a
probability will be discussed later. For the moment, we are interested in how the
An all-or-none subject matter lends itself only to primitive forms of description. It is
a great advantage to suppose instead that the probability that a response will
occur ranges continuously between these all-or-none extremes. We can then
Although avoidance suggests that behavior may be influenced by an event which
does not occur, we may account for the effect without violating any fundamental
principle of science with the concept of conditioned negative reinforcement.
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In order to get Walden Two published, B.F. Skinner had to agree to write an introductory text as part of the deal, and the result was Science and Human Behavior. Since he wrote the text, an empirical ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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