Foundations: Skinner

University: 
Yale
Professor: 
Paul Bloom

Overview:

Professor Bloom opens with a brief discussion of the value and evolutionary basis of unconscious processing. The rest of this lecture introduces students to the theory of Behaviorism, particularly the work of prominent behaviorist, B. F. Skinner. Different types of learning are discussed in detail, as well as reasons why behaviorism has been largely displaced as an adequate theory of human mental life.

Reading assignment:

Gray, Peter. Psychology (5th edition), chapter 4

Chomsky, Noam. "A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior." In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 129-137

Watson, John B. and Rosalie Rayner. "Conditional Emotional Reactions." In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 117-129

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