Behaviorism in the psychology sense is a movement in psychology and philosophy that emphasized the outward behavioral aspects of thought and dismissed the inward experiential, and sometimes the inner …show more content…
heart rate, often associated with emotions) and voluntary -purposeful activity behavior to get something operant conditioning Behavior changes that are in response to the consequences Skinner’s ABCʼs. Behaviorists view observable behavior as an important subject matter in its own right and avoid interpreting behavior as a sign of some other psychological phenomenon as other psychological systems do; instead, behaviorists seek to identify predictable relationships between environmental events and behavior. Although the totality of all possible environmental events is theoretically limited only by natural physical laws, behaviorism categorizes all environmental events into three types: neutral events, antecedents, and consequences. Only antecedents and consequences are of interest to behaviorists, who refer to them as stimulus events. Behaviorists study stimulus events that cause behavior to occur, stop occurring, or change in some way as a function of antecedents or consequences to behavior.
The two main traditions of behaviorism are respondent conditioning and operant conditioning. Respondent conditioning studies antecedent events that cause reflexive behavior to occur. For example, if an otherwise neutral stimulus (e.g., a pungent spice) is paired with a noxious stimulus (e.g., spoiled meat) that causes a reflexive action (e.g., upset stomach); the previously neutral stimulus may cause that response in the future (becoming