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Skinner's Behaviorism example

Thoroughly peruse the extensive website for the Los Horcones community at http://www.loshorcones.org/index_eng.html.

1.Identify the basic tenets of Skinner's Radical Behaviorism in this community. Is there any evidence that Los Horcones employs a Token Economy when dealing with undesirable behavior (behavior/personality disorders) within the community?

2.What are the pros and cons of this form of behavior modification?

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1. Identify the basic tenets of Skinner Radical Behaviorism in this community. Is there any evidence that Los Horcones employs a Token Economy when dealing with undesirable behavior (behavior/personality disorders) within the community?

According to the website, radical behaviorism can be defined as follows: "It is a philosophy about human behavior which states that human beings learn to behave the way we do, we aren't born the way we are. We behave (act) the way we do as a result of interacting with our environment. We can modify our environment and in turn these modifications affect our behavior (affect the way they act). The relationship environment-behavior is reciprocal. We are not passive upon our environment. We are not machines that respond to stimuli. We interact with our environment and change it." (http://www.loshorcones.org/index_eng.html)

They consider that an appropriate application of science can enormously contribute to the achievement of a humanistic communitarian society by embracing radical behaviorism as its philosophy. As reported by Los Horcones, they generally apply radical behaviorism in several areas of the community, such as family life, education, economics, organization, and work. (http://www.loshorcones.org/index_eng.html).

When they started the community, 7 members had only one building (the center for children with behavioral deficits) which had some classrooms, bathrooms and a small apartment. Seven people lived there. They built a communal dining room and then ...

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Skinner's Behaviorism is clearly exemplified.

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