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
JSTOR, the online academic archive, now contains complete back issues of American Scientist from its inception in 1913 (as Sigma Xi Quarterly) through 2005.
The table of contents for each issue is freely available to all users; those with institutional access can read each complete issue.
View the full collection here.
A free daily summary of the latest news in scientific research. Each story is summarized concisely and linked directly to the original source for further reading.
An early peek at each new issue, with descriptions of feature articles, columns,
and more. Every other issue contains links to everything in the latest issue's table of contents.
News of book reviews published in
and around the web, as well as other noteworthy happenings in the world of science books.
To sign up for automatic emails of the
Update and Scientists' Nightstand issues, create an
online profile, then sign up in the
My AmSci area.