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what is John B Watson's Theory?

What is behaviorism theory about?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Watson coined the term "Behaviorism" in 1913. Behaviorism assumes that behavior is observable and can be correlated with other observable events.Thus, there are events that precede and follow behavior. Behaviorism's goal is to explain relationships between antecedent conditions (stimuli), behavior (responses), and consequences (reward, punishment, or neutral effect).

    Watson's theory was more concerned with effects of stimuli. He derived much of his thinking from Pavlov's animal studies (classical conditioning). this is also referred to as "learning through stimulus substitution," a reference to the substitution of one stimulus for another. For example, the ringing of a bell eventually produced the same response as food for Pavlov's dogs.

    Aspects of Watson's theory:

    • He opposed mentalistic concepts

    • He used contiguity to explain learning

    • He considered emotion to be just another example of classical conditioning

    • He rejected the notion of individual differences

    • He thought complex behaviors came about through combinations of identifiable reflexes

    • He was a chief proponent of "nurture" and believed that all human differences were the result of learning

    • He believed that practice strengthens learning

    While Watson's position fell short of his goal of explaining human learning, his work is now considered as an early beginning of the development of learning science.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    John Watson Theory

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    John B Watson Theory

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago


    what is John B Watson's Theory?

    What is behaviorism theory about?

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