behaviorist

noun
be·​hav·​ior·​ist | \ bi-ˈhā-vyə-rist, 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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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 Stephanie Borns-Weil, a veterinary behaviorist who runs the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, spends her days working with dogs who are overly aggressive, fixated on shadows, and snapping at nonexistent flies. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Are we making our pets crazy, too?," 13 July 2018 And the $25,000 the zoo spent on an animal behaviorist became a national punchline. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 To the rescue, making return appearances, are animal behaviorist Owen (Chris Pratt) and former park manager and Owen's former girlfriend Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is the latest and arguably least of the series," 22 June 2018 Evans offered to bring Sophia to South Carolina to work with dog behaviorist/trainer Craig Simpson. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "Puppy with anxiety gets special flight for canine therapy," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of behaviorist

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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behaviorist

noun
be·​hav·​ior·​ist
variants: or chiefly British behaviourist \ -​rəst \

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

behaviorist

adjective

Medical Definition of behaviorist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to behaviorism behaviorist psychology

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