be·​hav·​ior·​ist | \ bi-ˈhā-vyə-rist How to pronounce behaviorist (audio) , bē-\

Definition of behaviorist

1 : a person who advocates or practices behaviorism
2 : a person who specializes in the study of behavior an animal behaviorist

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Three animal behaviorists, a giant rat and a Roomba figure into this comedy. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From Steve Martin’s “Bright Star” to Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things,” 10 must-see fall plays in Colorado," 8 Sep. 2019 If the problem is aggression, look for trainers and behaviorists who specialize in aggressive behavior. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Why folks give up pets, and how to stop it," 26 July 2019 Veterinary behavior is an emerging field; people who are veterinary behaviorists get their training at vet school and are essentially pet psychiatrists. Doree Shafrir, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my dog," 9 July 2019 The research of Marco Vasconcelos, an animal behaviorist at Portugal’s University of Aveiro, gives me some insight. Sofia Deleniv, Discover Magazine, "When Ignorance Is Bliss," 19 Mar. 2019 Their research on the post-surgical brain function of epileptic patients led her to reject the then-fashionable theories that memory was a product of Freudian urges or behaviorist stimulus-response chains. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "An Unforgettable Memory Expert Muses at 100," 23 Aug. 2018 Then, the app offers tailored feedback and dog-care advice from veterinarians and animal behaviorists. Arne Bostrom, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute," 23 Apr. 2014 So many of the routines of political journalism were based on behaviorist assumptions about how candidates would behave that simply do not apply. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 Author and animal behaviorist Russell Core (Westworld star Jeffrey Wright) has a trauma in his past: he was once called upon to track down and kill a wild wolf that had fatally attacked a child. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of behaviorist

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variants: or chiefly British behaviourist \ -​rəst How to pronounce behaviourist (audio) \

Medical Definition of behaviorist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who advocates or practices behaviorism
2 : a person who specializes in the study of behavior Animal behaviorists are often consulted regarding such problems as aggression, self-mutilation, food aversion and inappropriate urination or defecation.— Tom Ewing, Dog Watch, January 2009



Medical Definition of behaviorist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to behaviorism behaviorist psychology

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