A theory in cognitive learning that states that behavioral acts have an underlying purpose. And that all goals of the action guide behavior until the goal is reached.

PURPOSIVE BEHAVIORISM: "Purposive behaviorism theorizes that behaviors have an underlying purpose leading to goal."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PURPOSIVE BEHAVIORISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/purposive-behaviorism/ (accessed October 21, 2021).