behaviorism

[ bih-heyv-yuh-riz-uh m ]
/ bɪˈheɪv yəˌrɪz əm /

noun Psychology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. behavioral medicine,
  2. behavioral pathogen,
  3. behavioral psychology,
  4. behavioral psychophysics,
  5. behavioral science,
  6. behaviour,
  7. behaviour therapy,
  8. behavioural,
  9. behavioural contagion,
  10. behavioural science

Origin of behaviorism

First recorded in 1910–15; behavior + -ism

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

behaviorism

n.

coined 1913 by U.S. psychologist John B. Watson (1878-1958) from behavior + -ism. Behaviorist is from the same time.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for behaviorism

behaviorism

[ bĭ-hāvyə-rĭz′əm ]

n.

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

behaviorism

A theory that psychology is essentially a study of external human behavior rather than internal consciousness and desires. (See B. F. Skinner)

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