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behaviourism

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Psychology, psychiatry
behaviourismbe‧hav‧iour‧is‧m British English, behaviorism American English /bɪˈheɪvjərɪzəm/ noun [uncountable]  MPthe belief that the scientific study of the mind should be based only on people’s behaviour, not on what they say about their thoughts and feelingsbehaviourist noun [countable]
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behaviourismThe more literally this is interpreted the more it seems to lead into mechanistic, one-way formulations such as behaviourism.Extreme behaviourism is normally associated with B. F. Skinner.One of the main tenets of behaviourism is that behaviour can be shaped through reinforcement by reward.In ignoring other dimensions of power, behaviourism was accused of producing a superficial account of the distribution of power.This constructivist approach is opposed to psychological behaviourism.Moreover, its ranks have been increasingly swelled by deserters from social behaviourism - an evidently liberal position.The last paragraph sums up a standard hermeneutic objection to behaviourism.Other objections to traditional behaviourism can be transferred from their use with other related conceptions, to which we now turn.
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