A day of great illumination: B. F. Skinner's discovery of shaping.

@article{Peterson2004ADO,
  title={A day of great illumination: B. F. Skinner's discovery of shaping.},
  author={Gail B Peterson},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={82 3},
  pages={317-28}
}
  • Gail B Peterson
  • Published 2004 in Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
Despite the seminal studies of response differentiation by the method of successive approximation detailed in chapter 8 of The Behavior of Organisms (1938), B. F. Skinner never actually shaped an operant response by hand until a memorable incident of startling serendipity on the top floor of a flour mill in Minneapolis in 1943. That occasion appears to have been a genuine eureka experience for Skinner, causing him to appreciate as never before the significance of reinforcement mediated by… CONTINUE READING

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