B.F. Skinner gave us concepts like "conditioned behavior," "positive reinforcement," and even "time-outs" for children. But he was also a radical among psychologists who cast aside notions of dignity and free will. Here's why Skinner continues to be relevant — and even a bit dangerous.
Though not as famous as some of his forebears and contemporaries, such as Sigmund Freud, Ivan Pavlov, and Jean Piaget, Harvard psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) forever changed the way we study and understand human behavior. His legacy reaches far and wide, influencing and inspiring such domains as child-rearing, experimental psychology, behavioral therapy, management, education, and self-help.