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'Superstition' in the Pigeon (Skinner, 1947)
Part of Soiléir's Original Voices Series
Behavior Analyst Certification Board Type 2 CE (1 CEU)
We've heard of the greats - Thorndike, Watson, Bandura, Skinner, Ainsworth - the fathers and mothers of behaviourism. We know their work and the impact it has on modern Applied Behaviour Analysis.
But often we know it third hand, or through the filter of a text book or of another person. These online learning credits give you the opportunity to read or revisit the classics, straight from the pen of the original thinkers.
Ever wondered why some gamblers blow on the dice? Or how sports people can have a 'lucky' trinket they won't compete without? This Paper Review focuses on 'Superstition' in the Pigeon by B.F. Skinner (1947). It's an examination of how seemingly random behaviours can be established through operant conditioning, and how this plays into human superstitions.
Simply read the paper by clicking on link below and answer the quiz that follows correctly. When you have answered all questions correctly and achieved 100%, press the 'submit' button. Your certificate will then be e-mailed to you.
Be sure to edit your profile so your display name (in blue on the profile page at the top) includes your BCBA/BCaBA number. Otherwise it won't print on the certificate.
Participants who successfully complete the quiz will be awarded one Type 2 CEU that can be used as part of the requirements for the BACB certification cycle.
This article is publicly available on the below web page, developed by Christopher D Green of York University in Ontario
About the Course Instructor
Gillian Martin is a Chartered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with over 20 years of experience supporting people using behaviour science in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the USA. As well as clinical work, she have always had a strong interest in staff well-being, training, development and supporting teams to think through new concepts and find solutions.The values that drive her work include respect, curiosity, equality and integrity.
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