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1. Psychology should be the study of observable behaviour only in a scientific way

Behaviourist = overt behaviour only, they are not concerned with the mental processes of the mind.

John B Watson (an early psychologist) rejected the idea of `introspection' an early…

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In the Skinner box, if instead of a reward of food for pressing the lever, the rat receives an electric
shock! The lever pressing behaviour will be extinguished

An everyday example a child does something undesirable (draws on the wall) and is smacked! The
unpleasant consequence of…

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Evaluations!!
BEHAVIOURISM MADE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO PSYCHOLOGY = with its focus on the
SCIENTFIC, EXPERIMENTAL METHOD, it gave psychology GREATER CREDIBILITY as a discipline.

BEHAVIOURISM HAS MANY PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS = particularly in terms of TREATMENTS
and THERAPIES of ATYPICAL BEHAVIOUR. EG Token economy, behaviour shaping had…

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