In this video episode we look at superstitions and how they develop. We’ll start with your bowling style. Your bowling style actually have a lot to say about superstitions – how you get them and why you keep them. For psychology students, here’s a good example of operant conditioning at work in the real world. And by the way, why do you keep pressing that elevator button?. We’ll look at that too.
Resources for this episode
- The book Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research at Amazon.
- Watch a great video on YouTube which shows how the principles of behaviorism were used to train a parakeet to play golf and basketball.
- From Academic Earth: Professor Bloom opens with a brief discussion of the value and evolutionary basis of unconscious processing. The rest of this lecture introduces students to the theory of Behaviorism, particularly the work of prominent behaviorist, B. F. Skinner. Different types of learning are discussed in detail, as well as reasons why behaviorism has been largely displaced as an adequate theory of human mental life.