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B.F Skinner

Wonderful picture from 1950 relating to Dr. B.F Skinner's research into the theory that reward is more effective in getting people - or in this case pigeons - to perform tasks. The text accompanying the photo was as follows:


In still another of Professor Skinner's exhibits, which demonstrates competition, the birds play a modified game of ping-pong. Considerably smaller than regulation size, being about two feet square, and has no net. One pigeon, using his beak, tries to bat the ball past his opponent. Rallies sometimes go to three or four shots but most of the shots are "aces." The winner is rewarded with food after each shot.


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Taken on April 22, 2010