Briefly describe Skinner’s theory of behavior

Briefly describe Skinner’s theory of behavior. Provide an example of how behavior is acquired and define each element.

2. Briefly describe the contrasting effects of electrical stimulation and lesions of the lateral and ventromedial hypothalamus on feeding behavior.

3. Briefly describe the syndrome that arises from bilateral removal of the amygdala, and what this tells us about the role of the amygdala in behavior.

4. Define innate releasing mechanism (IRM) and give an example.

5. Describe the pathways of the mesolimbic dopamine system and briefly explain why it is central to circuits mediating reward.

What is an example of Skinners theory?
Skinner showed how negative reinforcement worked by placing a rat in his Skinner box and then subjecting it to an unpleasant electric current which caused it some discomfort. As the rat moved about the box it would accidentally knock the lever. Immediately it did so the electric current would be switched off.


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