Burrhus Frederic Skinner (known to most as B. F. Skinner) was one of the most influential figures in psychology, but he almost didn't become a psychologist at all. Instead, Skinner earned his undergraduate degree in English literature and started out as a struggling writer, penning stories from a study in his parent's attic.
After he discovered the writings of Pavlov and Watson, he decided to study psychology at Harvard. B. F. Skinner's research on operant conditioning made him one of the leaders of behaviorism, but his theories and research also made him a target for controversy.
Skinner's work remains influential today, especially in the field of behavioral therapy where behavior modification and intervention are used to change problem behaviors or reinforce new ones. Learn more about his influence on psychology including his work on operant conditioning, schedules of reinforcement, and more in this biography of B. F. Skinner.
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