Operant Behavior

@article{Skinner2021OperantB,
  title={Operant Behavior},
  author={Burrhus F. Skinner},
  journal={Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science},
  year={2021}
}
  • B. Skinner
  • Published 2021
  • Psychology
  • Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
WE are interested in the behavior of an organism because of its effects on the environment. (One effect on the social environment is, of course, the arousal of our interest.) Some effects seem to throw light on the behavior which produces them, but their explanatory role has been clouded by the fact that they follow the behavior and, therefore, raise the specter of teleology. An attempt has been made to solve the problem by creating a cpntemporary_^uxmgate of a given effect. A quality or… 

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