Behaviorism Term Paper by writingsensation

An examination of several components of the behavioral approach to psychology.
# 74802 | 2,185 words | 8 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Oct 25, 2006 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper looks at how behavioral psychology, known as behaviorism, holds the view that overt actions are the only respectable phenomena available for psychological investigation; conversely, behaviorists reject internal psychological activity as a subject of study. The author points out that a salient and integral feature of behavioral philosophy is its belief that psychology, in order to be rightfully considered a natural science, must abide by the practices to which other established sciences, such as biology and chemistry, already adhere. It also discusses how its chief weakness revolves around its narrow scope, which reduces humans to mere automatons by simply ignoring phenomena such as emotion, instinct, cognitive processes, self-actualization and language development.

From the Paper:

"As acknowledged previously, behavioral psychology is outcome oriented. Consequently, it is not unexpected that its main objective is manipulation of human behavior. Therefore, in addition to anticipating actions, behaviorists believe that conduct can be controlled. To this end, investigative practices include manipulating variables and documenting resultant behaviors. Furnished with the outcomes of such experiments, behavioral psychologists modify human actions via conditioning. That is, new behavior or learning is facilitated through a proscribed set of circumstances."

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