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Behaviorism: A Work in Progress
An examination of individuals and theories of Ivan Pavlov, John Locke, John Watson and Burrhus Frederic Skinner and their impact on the theory of behaviorism.
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This paper discusses and defines the theory of behaviorism and how it relates to present day therapy. The paper examines many historical scientists' theories and ideas which provided the needed information so that behaviorism could be born. It also explains how John Watson is considered the founder of behaviorism even though the theory has been documented back to the times of Aristotle. The historical roots of behaviorism and present day uses are also examined in this paper.

History of Behaviorism
John Watson: Behaviorism
Ivan Pavlov: Classical Conditioning
John Locke: Tabula Rasa
B.F. Skinner: Operant Conditioning
Current Use

From the Paper:

"Throughout history, many scholars have theorized that environment plays an important role in defining the outcome of an individual. Aristotle first hypothesized that the mind of or psyche of a person existed because of external factors. Other theorist expounded on this premise until John Watson made it a focus of his studies of behavior. Behaviorism projects that individuals are products of their experiences and have become who they are because of conditioning. John Watson, who is credited with Behaviorism made the comment that he could take twelve healthy infants and take any one of them and mold them into any given occupation regardless of genetics, race, talents and/or abilities. Watson believed that all "healthy" individuals are the same at birth but are only differentiated by the specific stimuli in their own experiences throughout their lives."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boeree, George. B.F. Skinner. 25 November 2006. Online:<>
  • Harris, J. (2006). Elemental Representations of Stimuli in Associative Learning. Psychological Review, 113(3), 584-605.
  • Kendler, H. (2005). Psychology and Phenomenology : A Clarification. American Psychologist, 60(4), 318-324.
  • Fredholm, Lotta. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936). 25 November 2006. Online: <>
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Aristotle Political Theory. 25 November 2006 Online: <>

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