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behaviorism

[ bih-heyv-yuh-riz-uhm ]
/ bɪˈheɪv yəˌrɪz əm /
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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.
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Origin of behaviorism

First recorded in 1910–15; behavior + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM behaviorism

be·hav·ior·ist, noun, adjectivebe·hav·ior·is·tic, adjectivebe·hav·ior·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Cultural 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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