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Development of Behaviorism - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to simplify your study of the development of behaviorism. Created by top instructors, engaging lessons closely examine major figures, theories and the historical contexts of behaviorism. Choose the lessons you want to review, and navigate them in any order. Take quizzes accompanying the lessons to assess your comprehension of the concepts they cover. A practice exam is available to gauge your understanding of the entire chapter. Utilizing these resources will enable you to:
- Summarize the history of behaviorism and contributions of John B. Watson
- Analyze emotions, instincts and thought processes in behaviorism
- Point out the contributions Karl Lashley made to behaviorism
- Outline William McDougall's theories and the history of the Watson-McDougall debate
1. John Watson and Behaviorism: Theory & Experiment
John B. Watson was a pioneering figure in the development of the psychological school of behaviorism. Learn how the discipline of behaviorism started and how it has profoundly changed the way we live our lives in the modern era.
2. Instincts, Emotions & Thought Processes in Behaviorism
John B. Watson gave rise to behavioral psychology, offering a more scientific approach to the study of human behavior. However, his most famous experiment regarding his theories might strike some as a little questionable.
3. Karl Lashley: Theories & Contributions to Behaviorism
Karl Lashley was a neuropsychologist responsible for essential advances in scientific knowledge of brain function and memory. This lesson looks at his theory of mass action and the experimentation that led to the discovery of equipotentiality.
4. William McDougall: Theories & the Watson-McDougall Debate
William McDougall was one of the most influential thinkers in psychology in the early twentieth century. This lesson discusses McDougall's theories, how he helped influence modern psychology, and the debate between McDougall and John Watson.
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