BEHAVIORISM

n. a scientific approach to psychology in which the study is based on observable, quantifiable facts and not on subjective thoughts and emotions. In order to be objective and verifiable, the stimuli and responses have to be investigated further under controlled conditions. Most behaviorists agree that much of behavior is acquired through conditioning, and it is changed as an adaptive function. Formulated by John Watson in 1913.

BEHAVIORISM: "As an objective approach to psychology, behaviorism makes use of scientific tools and methods such as observation, examination, experimentation, and analysis."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEHAVIORISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behaviorism/ (accessed March 29, 2020).
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