Lec 4 - Foundations: Skinner

Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) Foundations: Skinner Professor Bloom opens with a brief discussion of the value and evolutionary basis of unconscious processing. The rest of this lecture introduces students to the theory of Behaviorism, particularly the work of prominent behaviorist, B. F. Skinner. Different types of learning are discussed in detail, as well as reasons why behaviorism has been largely displaced as an adequate theory of human mental life. 00:00 - Chapter 1. A Brief Review on the Unconscious 06:32 - Chapter 2. B. F. Skinner and Behaviorism 11:45 - Chapter 3. Habituation: The Very Simplest Form of Learning 14:25 - Chapter 4. Classical Conditioning: Associating Stimulus 31:18 - Chapter 5. Operant Conditioning: Operating on the Environment 45:12 - Chapter 6. Question and Answer on Behaviorism 46:44 - Chapter 7. Controversies and Criticisms on Behaviorism Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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