behaviorism

[bih-heyv-yuh-riz-uhm]
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.

Origin:
1910–15; behavior + -ism

behaviorist, noun, adjective
behavioristic, adjective
behavioristically, adverb
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behaviourism or behaviorism (bɪˈheɪvjəˌrɪzəm)
 
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1.  a school of psychology that regards the objective observation of the behaviour of organisms (usually by means of automatic recording devices) as the only proper subject for study and that often refuses to postulate any intervening mechanisms between the stimulus and the response
2.  Compare materialism See also mind-body problem the doctrine that the mind has no separate existence but that statements about the mind and mental states can be analysed into statements about actual and potential behaviour
 
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behaviorism
coined 1913 by U.S. psychologist John B. Watson (1878-1958) from behavior + -ism. Behaviorist is from the same time.
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behaviorism be·hav·ior·ism (bĭ-hāv'yə-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. Also called behavioral psychology.

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behaviorism definition


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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If these techie types would give up their silly behaviorism and behaviorists views some progress might happen.
The economics you are talking about is something akin to pop psychology and behaviorism.
The bridge today has no significance beyond an economical approach to shorter hours, quicker lunches, behaviorism and toothpicks.
The third section explores humanistic psychology as a variation on behaviorism.
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