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Yale University: PSYC 110 – Lecture 4

Lecture 4: 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.

Chapter 1. A Brief Review on the Unconscious
Chapter 2. B. F. Skinner and Behaviorism
Chapter 3. Habituation: The Very Simplest Form of Learning
Chapter 4. Classical Conditioning: Associating Stimulus
Chapter 5. Operant Conditioning: Operating on the Environment
Chapter 6. Question and Answer on Behaviorism
Chapter 7. Controversies and Criticisms on Behaviorism