Origins: B. F. Skinner’s discovery of the operant and of shaping

Dr. Julie Vargas
Keynote address given at the 2018 conference

The shaping procedures used today are based on B. F. Skinner’s scientific discovery of postcedent control over operant behavior.  It took almost ten years and another setting before he realized the practical utility of the science he had begun. This talk will trace the sequence of contingencies that led to each of these two discoveries.

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