Evaluation of the behaviourist approach

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  • Evaluation- Behaviourist approach
    • Needs number of different theories
    • Mental+emotional events ignored
    • Ignores cognitive processes. Rats and mazes
    • Deterministic- free will=illusion, environment
    • Reductionist and mechanistic- stimulus and response
    • Ignores inheritance
    • Learned helplessness. Dogs jumping with electric shocks
    • Highly scientific- measurement, observation and replication
    • Animal studies findings can be generalised
    • Beh mod reduces problem behaviours+ better than drugs
    • Beh therapy focuses on the present e.g. phobias. Psychodynamic= past


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