Skinner, B.F.

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  1. (1904-90) a US PSYCHOLOGIST (= a scientist who studies the way the human mind works) who developed the ideas of BEHAVIOURISM . He did a lot of EXPERIMENT s, especially with animals, to see how they behave in certain situations and how they can be trained to change their behaviour. He also invented "programmed learning", a teaching method which influenced the way that languages and other subjects were taught in the 1970s, although most teachers now think that Skinner's method was wrong.
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