Breakdown of The Behaviourist Approach

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This 'Breakdown of The Behaviourist Approach' will define this approach in the following categories:

  • Basic Assumptions
  • Key Terms
  • Strengths
  • Limitations


- Behaviour is learned from the enviroment

- Behaviour is determined by reinforcement or punishment of past learning experiences

- Observable behaviour, not minds should be studied.

- Psychology should investigate the laws of learning


- Law of Effect: Events in the environment produce rewards for some behaviours and not others. Behaviours that produce rewards are repeated whereas behaviours that result in punishment are not.

- Operant Conditioning: Learning due to the consequences of voluntary behaviour, through positive and negative reinforcement and punishment.

- Classical Conditioning: Learning due to the association of a neutral stimulus


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