Monday, October 01, 2012
Did B.F. Skinner Really Put Babies Into Boxes?
When I was a little kid, I had a weird babysitter. She was very pale and thin, with dark hair and a tentative smile. She wore blouses with big trumpet sleeves, out of which poked her bony white wrists and elbows. She seldom made physical contact. She lived just up the street from us, and I heard people say she'd been "raised in a Skinner Box" by her psychologist father. Ever since then, I've wondered: What was the Skinner Box? And were babies really raised in boxes? more