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B. F. Skinner's Dippy Bird
Dippy bird

Origin

B. F. Skinner

Type

Dippy Bird

Effects

Makes pigeons line dance

Downsides

None Identified

Activation

Bobbing the bird

Collected by

Prof. Draco

Section

Psyche-764

Aisle

29836-551

Shelf

26836-9486-581

Date of Collection

February 17, 1982

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OriginsEdit

Skinner was a psychologist who believed that free will was not real, but an illusion. He did research and wrote on the idea of reinforcement. Actions that ended badly were not repeated, while good ones were reinforced.

During WWII, B. F. Skinner tried to train pigeons to operate bombs. The pigeon would be inserted into a missile with a lens in it. The bird would peck at the target through a screen, thereby guiding the missile. The program was eventually cancelled. This artifact came about as the result of his training and possibly his reinforcement psychology.

It's effects were mentioned in the season two episode, "13.1".

EffectsEdit

Makes pigeons line dance in time with the birds bobbing. Agents are unsure if it works on other birds or only pigeons.

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