behaviorism

[ bih-heyv-yuh-riz-uh m ]
/ 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.

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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Examples from the Web for behaviorist

  • No behaviorist can possibly show that the air waves set in motion by my vocalization were an indispensable stimulus.

    Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • The behaviorist would not seriously undertake to record everything that happens between stimulus and response.

    Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • Still, though a behaviorist, he upheld certain instinctual motivation theories.

    Strange Alliance|Bryce Walton


Word Origin and History for behaviorist

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 behaviorist

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 behaviorist

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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