John Watson and Behaviorism: Theory & Experiment


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Watson was one of the early American psychologists to break with popular notions that our unconscious mind was behind most of our behavior. What was his viewpoint?

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1. Watson's thinking was significantly influenced by the earlier classical conditioning experiments of which psychologist?

2. Watson is best known for taking his theory of behaviorism and applying it to which population?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help check your knowledge of the behaviorism theory. Topics you will be quizzed on include behaviorism and child development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Ivan Pavlov
  • John Watson
  • The Little Albert experiment
  • Behaviorism in the population of children

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding behaviorism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about John Watson
  • Critical thinking - use relevant concepts to examine information on child behavior in a different light

Additional Learning

Behaviorism has many aspects to it and you can learn more about it by reading the lesson called John Watson and Behaviorism: Theory & Experiment. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Define behaviorism
  • Identify who John Watson was
  • Describe the findings from the Little Albert experiment
  • Examine the influences of Watson's work