Watsonian Psychology

Watsonian Psychology

– named after American behaviourist, John Watson (1878 – 1958)
– theory was pure behaviourism*
– thinking & feel were incidental phenomena
– genetic factors were also not believed to be responsible for observed differences between individuals

in contemporary terms, the Watsonian approach involves:
A) strictly objective methods in scientific experiments
B) reliance on only considering that which can be observed & verified to therefore theorise, explain & predict behaviour

* the only appropriate scientific psychological investigation is observable & measurable; it developed in reaction to subjective introspective scientific inquiry; Watson developed the work of Pavlov; also known as radical behaviourism – most psychologists today feel uncomfortable about not considering the causal role of internal (covert or overt) mental processes; nonetheless, behaviour – what someone does – is still considered important

Source: Penguin Dictionary of Psychology


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s