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Burrhus Frederic Skinner, psychologist and behaviorist, was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania in 1904 to William Skinner and Grace Burrhus. His father was a lawyer and his mother was a naturally bright woman. Skinner had only one sibling a brother who died at the age of sixteen. Skinner lived most of his life in Susquehanna. He did not leave the house he was born in until he left to go to college. He was raised very close to his grandparents, who had a major impact on his early life. He was also close to his parents. He and his mother and father all graduated from the same high school. This was the same school that he had attended for all twelve years of his education. Skinner attended Hamilton College at the recommendation of a family friend. He took many different types of courses before deciding to major in English and minor in Romance Languages. Skinner felt that he did not fit in at college. He disliked the fraternity that he had joined and he did not understand why the college required the courses that it did. The summer before his senior year he attended the Middlebury School of English at Breadloaf, Vermo Continue...


During this summer he had lunch with Robert Frost. Another of his most famous endeavors was "project pigeon. This was the first time that Skinner had taught anything. He built himself an office in his parents' house where he could write. Yvonne and Skinner had two daughters, Julie and Deborah. He had always taken notice of the way that people reacted to certain situations. In the next ten years, he wrote three books all having to do with the psychology of literature. He eventually wrote a mediocre book for the oil companies just to save his self-respect. Skinner had a friend who was teaching that summer at Minnesota, and he mentioned Skinner to R. Animal behavior had always interested Skinner, but Human behavior was his main interest. He has hoped that his son would become a lawyer, like himself. Elliott, who was looking for someone to teach small sections of a big introductory course. Skinner experienced a renewed interest in Literature when he realized that the written word could also be analyzed for human behavior. He stopped trying to write for a while so that he could study the work of other people.