Science and human behavior

  title={Science and human behavior},
  author={Burrhus F. Skinner},
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… Expand
Science and human behavior: A review of William Baum’s Understanding Behaviorism: Behavior, Culture, and Evolution (2nd ed.)
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Rule-Governed Behavior in Behavior Analysis
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The behaviorist concept of mind
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A philosophy of science perspective on the quantitative analysis of behavior
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Toward a human psychology of personality
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Radical Behaviorism and Consciousness
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Rescuing The Science of Human Behavior from the Ashes of Socialism
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B. F. Skinner's Science and Human Behavior: its antecedents and its consequences.
  • A. Catania
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 2003
Skinner's Science and Human Behavior marked a transition from a treatment of behavior that took physics as its reference science to one that emphasized behavior as a fundamental part of the subjectExpand
Quantitative behavior analysis and human values
  • C. Shimp
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioural Processes
  • 2007
No such "reflexive behavior analysis" currently exists and its development might shed considerable light on the basic nature of behavior analysis. Expand


283-294; as an organized system of responses, 285; relation to other selves, 286; unity of, 285f. Sensation, 276f.; operational definition of
    Occam's razor, 280 Occupational therapy
      Old maid's neurosis
        Operant conditioning, 62-69; and deprivation, 149; in personal control, 317; in psychotherapy, 369; in selfcontrol
          Operant discrimination
            Operant extinction, 69ff. Operant seeing
              Salvation, in justifying religious practices
                Schedules of reinforcement, 94-106 385f., 396; in the social environment
                  See Deprivation Satisfying consequences as reinforcing 81
                    Seeing, as response, 140; conditioned 266-270; operant