The Situationist

B.F. Skinner’s Pigeon and a Red Block

Posted by situationistguest on May 13, 2008

In this one-minute video from the B.F. Skinner Foundation, a pigeon uses a red block as a stand. A pigeon positions itself on a block so that a leaf that was out of its proximity before becomes within its reach.

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2 Responses to “B.F. Skinner’s Pigeon and a Red Block”

  1. T said

    I think this video is quite interesting. If you interpret it from a strictly behavioristic point of view, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, since the pigeons behavior is not reinforced. I think assuming that the pigeon somehow has a cognitive model of the situation provides a better explanation for what is going on here than the classic behavioristic approach.

  2. tami said

    We don’t know what came before, but the leaf is the reinforcement in this occurence.

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