B.F. Skinner was a very influential 20th-century psychologist who founded the School of Psychological Research on Radical Behaviorism. He focused solely on not understanding the human mind in the same way as the psychologists who preceded it, but in understanding how the environmental factors around us evoked our actions ̵
1; a process he called operant conditioning and used them as Models to study the conditioning of operants, taking on even the tiniest of tasks and stringing them together through careful reinforcement for the animal to execute. Although his experiments were always serious scientific investigations, Skinner was never opposed to giving his work a bit of reckless ping-pong playing. The birds were trained by his conditioning techniques to push the ball past the other bird, as this would unlock and reward the food box on its side of the cage.