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Related to behaviorism: Cognitivism, psychoanalysis
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.
be•hav•ior•ism(bɪˈheɪv yəˌrɪz əm)
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.
be•hav′ior•ist, n., adj.
the theory or doctrine that observed behavior provides the only valid data of psychology. — behaviorist, n., adj. — behavioristic, adj.See also: Psychology
A school of psychology that places great importance on learned behavior and conditioned reflexes.
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|Noun||1.||behaviorism - an approach to psychology that emphasizes observable measurable behavior|
experimental psychology, psychonomics - the branch of psychology that uses experimental methods to study psychological issues
reflexology - the study of reflex action as it relates to the behavior of organisms