It’s a fascinating understanding of behavior, conditioning, and training. There was so much information to digest that I decided to split it into two podcast episodes. Skinner’s four quadrants were broken up like this;
- Positive Punishment
- Negative Punishment
- Positive Reinforcement
- Negative Reinforcement
The idea stemmed from a few important predecessors to Skinner, and I talk briefly about their history and the evolution to the concept as applied by Skinner and how it is used for training today.
Russian research physiologist Ivan Pavlov, who helped bridge the gap with classical conditioning – the idea that pairing an otherwise neutral occurrence paired with another thing that does have some meaning to a subject.
Operant conditioning, as an alternative is a learning behavior. I’ll get into that as well.
John Watson, behavioral researcher was next in the evolution of conditioning about 15 years or so after Pavlov. Systematic desensitization was the goal.
Edward Thorndike was next in the process and with a cat in a box” type experiment that would demonstrate
Three laws of learning
- The law of readiness;
- the law of exercise;
- and the law of effect.
His experiments led to B.F. Skinner, the subject of today’s podcast. He expanded several of the concepts of behavioral theory. I go into that as well.