Skinner box

noun
Skin·​ner box | \ ˈski-nər-ˌbäks How to pronounce Skinner box (audio) \

Definition of Skinner box

: a laboratory apparatus in which an animal is caged for experiments in operant conditioning and which typically contains a lever that must be pressed by the animal to gain reward or avoid punishment

First Known Use of Skinner box

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Skinner box

B. F. Skinner

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“Skinner box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Skinner%20box. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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Skinner box

noun
Skin·​ner box | \ ˈskin-ər-ˌbäks How to pronounce Skinner box (audio) \

Medical Definition of Skinner box

: a laboratory apparatus in which an animal is caged for experiments in operant conditioning and which typically contains a lever that must be pressed by the animal to gain reward or avoid punishment

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