Call it behavior, behaviorism, or behaviorology, the principles explored in the paper by B.F. Skinner and reviewed, commented upon and expanded by Ledoux present a critical and effective
strategy for learning in a physical world. While some of the science may not presently be explained, it is undeniable that results are achieved when we arrange contingencies according to the successful experimental results reported in these articles.
Organisms learn new behaviors. The evidence is there. It behooves science now to act upon the results of these experiments and practice the discipline. Further research into the neurology and chemistry of behavior
will no doubt add to our knowledge in a meaningful way, but changing behavior is the immediate goal and, as shown in these papers, we already know well how to achieve this. What is the phrase...Just Do It?
posted by celia chesluk
January 9, 2012
About once a month at Sigma Xi headquarters, we liven up the lunch hour with an American Scientist Pizza Lunch talk. In these informal lectures, scientists describe new research to nonscientists. The series is light on jargon but heavy on solid science. Each Pizza Lunch offers an in-depth look at its subject, whether it's bedbugs or the smart grid. Click below to read about and download these talks -- and to subscribe!
JSTOR, the online academic archive, now contains complete back issues of American Scientist from its inception in 1913 (as Sigma Xi Quarterly) through 2005.
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