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behaviorism

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noun be·hav·ior·ism \bi-ˈhā-vyə-ˌri-zəm, bē-\

Definition of behaviorism

  1. :  a school of psychology that takes the objective evidence of behavior (as measured responses to stimuli) as the only concern of its research and the only basis of its theory without reference to conscious experience — compare introspectionism

be·hav·ior·is·tic play \-ˌhā-vyə-ˈris-tik\ adjective


1913

First Known Use of behaviorism

1913

Rhymes with behaviorism

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Medical Dictionary

behaviorism

noun be·hav·ior·ism

Medical Definition of behaviorism

  1. :  a school of psychology that takes the objective evidence of behavior (as measured responses to stimuli) as the only concern of its research and the only basis of its theory without reference to conscious experience—compare cognitive psychology

  2. be·hav·ior·is·tic or chiefly British be·hav·iour·is·tic \-ˌhā-vyə-ˈris-tik\play adjective



Variants of behaviorism

or chiefly British be·hav·iour·ism \bi-ˈhā-vyə-ˌriz-əm\play

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