Behaviorism

What was B.F. Skinner really like? A study parses his traits

March 20th marks the birthday of famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who would have turned 108 today. Besides Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner was the most famous and perhaps the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. But his own “radical behaviorism”—the idea that  behavior is caused solely by environmental factors More

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

Humans enjoy having a laugh at the seemingly silly things other animals do, oblivious to the fact that they offer up plenty of humorous fodder to the rest of Mother Nature in kind. Thanks to his extensive work with baboons, Robert Sapolsky looks at his fellow men and women through More

Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code

Humanity is inherently irrational and illogical. In spite of this, however, there exist valid psychological explanations for the whys and hows behind immoral behavior. Subtle stimuli — largely undetectable by most untrained individuals — can drive people to experience lapses in their moral judgment, convincing themselves that cheating, lying and More