a science or branch of learning, as psychology or sociology, that derives its concepts from observation of the behavior of living organisms.
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Origin of behavioral science
First recorded in 1955–60
Related formsbehavioral scientist, noun
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Science definitions for behavioral science
[ bĭ-hāv′yə-rəl ]
Any of various scientific disciplines, such as sociology, anthropology, or psychology, in which the actions and reactions of humans and animals are studied through observational and experimental methods.
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