Skinner box
noun Etymology: B. F. Skinner Date: 1940 a laboratory apparatus in which an animal is caged for experiments in operant conditioning and which typically contains a lever that must be pressed by the animal to gain reward or avoid punishment

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  • Skinner box — 1940 (earlier Skinner apparatus, 1938), from U.S. psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904 1990) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Skinner-Box — Skinner Box, von dem amerikanischen Psychologen Burrhus Frederic Skinner entwickelte und nach ihm benannte Versuchsapparatur zur ⇒ operanten Konditionierung; wurde ursprünglich für Ratten, später auch für andere Tiere benutzt. In der S. befindet… …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • Skinner-Box — Eine Skinner Box (gelegentlich auch: problem box, puzzle box) ist ein äußerst reizarmer Käfig für ein Testtier, in dem es standardisiert und weitgehend automatisiert ein neuartiges Verhalten erlernen kann. Die Bezeichnung geht zurück auf Burrhus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Skinner-Box — Skịn|ner|box auch: Skịn|ner Box 〈f. 20〉 Versuchsanordnung zur Erforschung von Lernvorgängen bei Tieren [nach dem amerikan. Verhaltensforscher B. F. Skinner, 1904 1990, + engl. box „Schachtel“] * * * Skịn|ner|box, Skịn|ner Box, die [nach dem… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Skinner box — Skin·ner box skin ər .bäks n a laboratory apparatus in which an animal is caged for experiments in operant conditioning and which typically contains a lever that must be pressed by the animal to gain reward or avoid punishment Skinner Burrhus… …   Medical dictionary

  • Skinner box — Skin′ner box n. anb a box used in experiments in animal learning, esp. in operant conditioning, typically equipped with a device that gives the animal a reward, as food, or a painful stimulus, as a mild shock, for a particular performance •… …   From formal English to slang

  • Skinner box — Psychol. a box used in experiments in animal learning, esp. in operant conditioning, equipped with a mechanism that automatically gives the animal food or other reward or permits escape, as by opening a door. [1940 45; named after B. F. SKINNER]… …   Universalium

  • Skinner box — /ˈskɪnə bɒks/ (say skinuh boks) noun a box or cage, used in animal conditioning experiments, in which the animal must learn to operate a mechanism correctly in order to gain a reward or escape a punishment. {from BF Skinner who invented it} …   Australian English dictionary

  • skinner box — noun Usage: usually capitalized S Etymology: after Burrhus F. Skinner b1904 American psychologist : a laboratory apparatus in which an animal is caged for experiments in operant conditioning typically containing a lever that must be pressed by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Skinner box — noun A box or cage in which a subject (usually an animal), may be isolated from outside influences; used in operant conditioning experiments where the subject can operate a lever to obtain a reward or …   Wiktionary

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