[ bih-heyv-yuh-riz-uh m ]
/ bɪˈheɪv yəˌrɪz əm /
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.
Related formsbe·hav·ior·ist, noun, adjectivebe·hav·ior·is·tic, adjectivebe·hav·ior·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for behaviorism
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Medicine definitions for behaviorism
[ bĭ-hāv′yə-rĭz′əm ]
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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Culture definitions for behaviorism
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