behaviorism

noun
be·​hav·​ior·​ism | \ bi-ˈhā-vyə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce behaviorism (audio) , bē- \

Definition of behaviorism

: a school of psychology that takes the objective evidence of behavior (such 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

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Other Words from behaviorism

behavioristic \ bi-​ˌhā-​vyə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce behavioristic (audio) , bē-​ \ adjective

Examples of behaviorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spencerian pump, the scientific method permeated American popular culture and influenced the major American intellectual movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notably pragmatism and behaviorism. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 17 June 2020 This caution was a major motivator for the initial development of behaviorism. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 The academic humanistic psychology movement, launched in 1961 by, among others, psychologist Abraham Maslow, sought to forge an alternative to the two dominant trends in contemporary psychology: Freudian psychoanalysis and behaviorism. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Human Potential Movement Gone Awry," 12 Apr. 2018 The prevailing schools in psychology and psychiatry—behaviorism and psychoanalysis—adopted models of the mind that were incompatible with the concept. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How a Young Woman Lost Her Identity," 26 Mar. 2018 The basic assumption of behaviorism was that the human mind is a blank slate at birth, and is shaped through social conditioning throughout life. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America," 22 May 2017 In the 20th century’s later years, behaviorism’s influence waned. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Aug. 18, 1990: B.F. Skinner Goes in a Box," 18 Aug. 2010 The basic assumption of behaviorism was that the human mind is a blank slate at birth, and is shaped through social conditioning throughout life. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of behaviorism

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Behaviorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behaviorism. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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behaviorism

noun
be·​hav·​ior·​ism
variants: or chiefly British behaviourism \ bi-​ˈhā-​vyə-​ˌriz-​əm How to pronounce behaviourism (audio) \

Medical Definition of behaviorism

: 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

Other Words from behaviorism

behavioristic or chiefly British behaviouristic \ -​ˌhā-​vyə-​ˈris-​tik How to pronounce behaviouristic (audio) \ adjective

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