- the theory or doctrine that human or animal psychology can be accurately studied only through the examination and analysis of objectively observable and quantifiable behavioral events, in contrast with subjective mental states.
Origin of behaviorism
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Examples from the Web for behaviorist
The behaviorist would not seriously undertake to record everything that happens between stimulus and response.
No behaviorist can possibly show that the air waves set in motion by my vocalization were an indispensable stimulus.
Still, though a behaviorist, he upheld certain instinctual motivation theories.Strange Alliance
Word Origin and History for behaviorist
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- A school of psychology that confines itself to the study of observable and quantifiable aspects of behavior and excludes subjective phenomena, such as emotions or motives.behavioral psychology
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