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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·ist n.
be·hav′ior·is′tic adj.
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Noun1.behaviorist - a psychologist who subscribes to behaviorismbehaviorist - a psychologist who subscribes to behaviorism
psychologist - a scientist trained in psychology
Adj.1.behaviorist - of or relating to behaviorismbehaviorist - of or relating to behaviorism; "behavioristic psychology"
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In this regard, Robert Pincus-Witten's article "Bruce Nauman: Another Kind of Reasoning" (published in Artforum in February 1972), which reproached the artist for turning away from the wordplay featured in his earlier works toward "phenomenological," indeed "behaviorist," pieces, should be reread in light of the past two and a half decades of Nauman's production.
Regularization was particularly visible in the 1920s and 1930s, when the behaviorist approach of psychologist John Watson heavily influenced popular advice.
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The leading proponent of behaviorism -- the belief that man is controlled by external factors and that autonomy and free will do not exist -- in such books as the novel Walden Two (1948) and Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971), Skinner attempted to show how behaviorist principles could be applied to create an ideal society.