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Skinner was an extraordinary man. He was left an only child after his youngerbrother passed away. Skinner was very tech savvy at a young age. He and a closefriend built a contraption that separated ripe berries from the unripe ones andcreated a business out of it. During college he joined a fraternity. At first,Skinner believed that his fraternity didn’t participate in hazing and treatedtheir members with respect. He was soon proven wrong when he was tied to a polewhere he was supposed to stay all night.

Lucky for Skinner, he was able to cuthimself free. While at Harvard, Skinner created the prototype of the SkinnerBox. The box was used to study animal behavior. The Skinner box was also knownas the Operant conditioning chamber.  During this week’s reading I was exposed to the theories ofSkinner, the creator of the Operant Conditioning theory.

He believed thatreinforcement shaped behavior, either positive or negative and the use ofpunishment. Positive reinforcement is praise after a behavior is exhibited. Oneof the examples given was the monetary value placed on good grades for children.

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Negative reinforcement is the removal of some unfavorable event, both believedto strengthen behavior. Punisher is anything that follows a behavior that is intendedto decrease the behavior. I agreed with Skinners theory on conditioning becauseit seems as if we all have learned in that way. By being conditioned to eitherdo or not do things.

When I was in grade school, I had more chores added forbad behavior or grades. I was also taken on ice cream trips after getting goodgrades and behaving well. Skinners beliefs made the most sense to me because Iwas able to compare them to my life and remember my dealings with eitherpositive or negative reinforcements.

Overall,the theories of Skinner were the most appealing to me because I was able to rememberhow this was applied to my life personally.  Operant Conditioning is believed towork best if you’re encouraging a behavior, rather than telling one what not todo. Punishers are used to prevent behaviors, although sometimes when people arepunished too often they see themselves as bad and no longer want to change theirbehavior. Some catch on quickly and some don’t. In all, we have all learned thingsby conditioning and reinforcement whether we know it or not.