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B. F. Skinner Collection

bird pressing button with his beak

The B. F. Skinner Collection was donated to the HFA in 2008 by the B. F. Skinner Foundation.  B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) was a revolutionary and highly influential behavioral psychologist who graduated from and later taught at Harvard University. His main philosophical innovation is Radical Behaviorism, the backbone of his experimental analysis of behavior approach to psychology as a whole. 

During WWII, Skinner worked for the military
on an experimental project to use pigeons to guide missiles. Although his experiments were successful, another secret experiment, radar, eventually put his work to rest. Films were made of the pigeon experiments, and these Project Pigeon films are now part of the HFA collection.

More information on B.F. Skinner can be found on the Skinner Foundation website.

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