Definition of Skinnerian

1. Noun. A follower of the theories or methods of B. F. Skinner.

Generic synonyms: Follower

2. Adjective. Of or relating to B. F. Skinner or his behaviorist psychology.
Partainyms: Skinner
Derivative terms: Skinner

Definition of Skinnerian

1. Noun. A person who endorses the behavioristic tradition of B. F. Skinner, that is, psychology should study the conditions under which behavior occurs, and that behavior is observable and measurable, as are the environmental conditions that control it. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the methods and theories of B. F. Skinner ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Skinnerian

Skeffington's daughter
Skene's glands
Skene's tubules
Skillern's fracture
Skinner box
Skinnerian (current term)
Sklowsky symptom
Skoda's rale
Skoda's sign
Skoda's tympany
Skolt Sami

Literary usage of Skinnerian

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1. Refugium Botanicum: Or Figures and Descriptions from Living Specimens, of William Wilson Saunders, Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, John Gilbert Baker by William Wilson Saunders, Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, John Gilbert Baker (1882)
"I have no doubt that both the description and the sketches of Ur. Lindley were taken from the Skinnerian fresh specimen. We have here a very rare instance ..."

2. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1916)
"Such boys, however, were in a minority, the spirit of the place being decidedly Skinnerian. I once had the honour of playing a game of chess with this great ..."

3. Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups by Harvey Daniels (2002)
"In some quarters, training is a politically incorrect term; it labels you as a Skinnerian behaviorist bent on dehumanizing children and atomizing the ..."

4. At the Hour of Death by Karlis Osis, Erlendur Haraldsson (1997)
"In psychology, as far as we know, there is no "crucial experiment"—the kind required in postmortem survival research— which would give "proof of Skinnerian, ..."

5. Architectural Bodies by Ad Graafland, Michael Speaks (1996)
"The traditional architectural statement is permeated by a Skinnerian logic achieved by combining a behaviorist model of humanity with an unbounded faith in ..."

6. Initiative: Human Agency and Society by Tibor R. Machan (2000)
"What is suggested by the Skinnerian idea is that things make us give certain reports, just as they make us behave in certain ways, and we have nothing to do ..."

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