Definitions for "behaviorism"
an approach to psychology that emphasizes observable measurable behavior.
a school of psychology maintaining that to understand human behavior, one need only consider the reinforcing properties of the environment-that is, how positive and negative events in the environment are associated with specific behaviors
The viewpoint that holds that the appropriate subject matter for psychology is behavior and the appropriate method for study and application are the methods of natural science (objective measurement, ability to duplicate experimentation, etc.). This is in contrast to other schools of thought in psychology, many of which hold that appropriate subject matter is mental, subjective, or conscious experience and therefor the appropriate method is introspection.[ Return to the top of the page