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Excerpts from "What Ever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behavior?"

Psychology may find it dangerous to turn to neurology for help. Once you tell the world that another science will explain what your key terms really mean, you must forgive the world if it decides that the other science is doing the important work. ~ B. F. Skinner, "What Ever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behavior?"


The experimental analysis of behavior puts Humpty Dumpty together again by studying relatively complete episodes, each with a history of reinforcement, a current setting, a response, and a reinforcing consequence. ~ B. F. Skinner, "What Ever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behavior?"


All fields of science tend to have two languages, of course. Scientists speak one with casual acquaintances and the other with colleagues. In a relatively young science, such as psychology, the use of the vernacular may be challenged. ~ B. F. Skinner, "What Ever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behavior?"


Excerpts from Edward Morris', "B. F. Skinner: A Behavior Analyst in Educational Psychology"

What made Skinner distraught in 1954 was that these practices were more art than science. ~ Edward Morris, "B. F. Skinner: A Behavior Analyst in Educational Psychology"


Skinner's research was criticized for analyzing human knowledge and thought in "mechanisitc" terms, reducing knowledge to responses and thinking to facts. ~ Edward Morris, "B. F. Skinner: A Behavior Analyst in Educational Psychology"


 

 

 
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