151: Behaviorism In Your Video Games

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Co-Hosts: Cory, Osborne (Ustream-Only Show)

“I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.” – B. F. Skinner

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Cory leads the discussion, recounting his frustrating experiences with the MMO, World of Warcraft, and how today's game creators employ the the techniques of behaviorist B.F. Skinner to control the behavior of players.

Our guide for this discussion is an article from Cracked.com:
5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted, by David Wong.

This is an edited version of 7-12-12 Ustream-only show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST.

The Skinner Box:

Look Closer:
Why B. F. Skinner, Like Freud, Still Isn’t Dead, By John Horgan
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2012/06/01/why-b-f-skinner-like-freud-still-isnt-dead/

Operant Conditioning (B.F. Skinner)

http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/operant-conditioning.html

Why did I do that? A Primer on B.F. Skinner
http://psychologydegreeguide.org/bf-skinner/

Educational Approach in Constructivism and Behaviorism
http://www.articlesbase.com/college-and-university-articles/educational-approach-in-constructivism-and-behaviorism-441073.html

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