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 behaviorism (audio) , bē-​ \ adjective

Examples of behaviorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast to behaviorism, which asserts that animal behavior can be explained in terms of incentives, rewards, and punishments, ethology posits that animals are innately intelligent, rather than simply programmable. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Babbel is an interesting language learning platform that combines communicative didactics, cognitivism, behaviorism and constructivism in its lessons for faster learning that will stick with you. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 This technique is a lasting legacy of behaviorism—a school of thought dominant in psychology and biology in the first half of the last century. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2016 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, 17 June 2020 This caution was a major motivator for the initial development of behaviorism. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 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, 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, 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, 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 19 Sep. 2021.

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behaviorism

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

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