Sunday, 22 August 2010
Behaviorism is the prediction and control of human behavior in which introspection and/or independent thinking play no essential part of its teaching methods.
To a behaviorist, human learning is purely an objective and experimental branch of natural science. There is no internal cognitive processing of information.
The behaviorist recognizes no dividing line between man and animal: both learn to behave solely through a system of positive and negative rewards. Behaviorists such as Pavlov, Skinner, and Bandura have contributed a great deal to the understanding of human behavior.
Behaviorism is a theory of learning that is based upon the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment. Behavior can be studied in a systematic and observable manner with no consideration of internal mental states.