Radical Behaviorism

Type of psychology: Personality

Fields of study: Behavioral and cognitive models; instrumental conditioning

Radical behaviorism describes the views of Skinner, an influential figure in American psychology since the 1930's. Skinner argued that most behavior is controlled by its consequences; he invented an apparatus for observing the effects of consequences, advocated a technology of behavior control, and believed that everyday views about the causes of behavior were an obstacle to its true understanding.

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