Skinner-box meaning

A soundproof, light-resistant box or cage used in laboratories to isolate an animal for experiments in operant conditioning and usually containing only a bar or lever to be pressed by the animal to gain a reward, such as food, or to avoid a painful stimulus, such as a shock.
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A soundproof, light-resistant box or cage used in laboratories to isolate an animal for experiments in operant conditioning and usually containing only a bar or lever to be pressed by the animal to gain a reward, such as food, or to avoid a painful stimulus, such as a shock.
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(behavioral sciences) A box or cage in which a subject (usually an animal), may be isolated from outside influences and studied; used in operant conditioning experiments where the subject can operate a lever to obtain a reward or avoid a painful shock.
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Origin of skinner-box

  • After Burrhus Frederick Skinner

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Burrhus Frederick Skinner (1904-1990), its inventor.

    From Wiktionary