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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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(Parchoma, in press) Pedagogical approaches that focus on either behavioristic or cognitivistic perspectives of learning lack considerations for sociocultural and environmental influences on learning processes.
In the light of behavioristic point of view, motivation is merely an "anticipation of reward" (Brown, 2000, p.160).
The behavioristic principles support faculty design and control over a structured learning environment, a teacher centered approach.
Before his groundbreaking publications on the stepwise development, in accordance with psychoanalytical, learning theoretical, and behavioristic assumptions, "morality was assumed to be a function of societal control over the individual's interests, needs, or impulses" (Turiel, 1998: 866).
American psychology is behavioristic, concentrating on watching the overt actions of others from the outside.
A drugstore is a veritable laboratory in behavioristic psychology.
The parsimonious (simplest) explanation of this is a behavioristic one: Chip learned early in life that he was more likely to be successful at taking forbidden tidbits when a human was not in the room, and more likely to be unsuccessful if someone was present and attentive to him.
In the medical surgical course in this study, dosage calculation instruction was initially non-contextual and behavioristic in nature.
Behavioristic modes of therapy have their greatest efficacy in the rhetoric that celebrates them but little in the clinical settings that have made use of them.
Staddon's commentary on events that have shaped contemporary behavioristic thought is well worth reading for those unfamiliar with the rich history of the field.
As it stands now, this Gay-rights Jihad serves neither the human/ behavioristic rights nor a worrying birth-rates decline.
The CHD combined social-anthropological understandings of social-class stratification with behavioristic learning theories to expose the centrality of the socialization process in shaping people's values and behaviors.