Opinion Article - Journal of Mental Health and Aging (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2
Behaviorism and the rise of experimental psychology.
Behaviorism was a dominant school of thought in psychology during the early 20th century that emphasized the importance of observable behavior as a means of understanding human and animal behavior. This approach to psychology was heavily influenced by the rise of experimental psychology, which emerged in the late 19th century and was characterized by a focus on empirical research and scientific methodology. One of the key figures in the development of behaviorism was John Watson, who argued that psychology should be focused on observable behavior and should not concern itself with unobservable mental processes like thoughts and emotions.Author(s): Harrison Harrell