John B Watson Summary

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Introduction This article analysis presents ideas from Watson about psychology and how it is viewed as a natural science. This analysis also elaborates Watson’s goals and why he believed that behaviorism could be controlled. The experiment performed by Watson is identified and used to attempt controlling behavior. The results stray far from Watson’s intentions, but is sufficient for his studies. During the article summary, two articles will be used to interpret Watson’s article as a whole and will recommend future research for observations.
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The review of this article presented many ideas from John B. Watson that revealed his purpose of writing Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It. Part of his purpose was to present
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Watson presented no division between man and animal as well as defined psychology as scientific. Article 1, even though it stated what went wrong with behaviorism, agrees with Watson’s debate to an extent by making a statement that explained how science is everywhere whether psychologists believed it or not.(Harzem, Peter) Article 2 was generous with Watson’s perspective by highlighting behaviorism’s impact on psychology, even though animal experimentation is frowned upon by the author. All articles give needed insight about what was observed, what the effect was, and what the results were, concluding all ideas on behaviorism and scientific …show more content…
Watson concluded in his article that introspectives will be no longer be involved in psychology’s future and that behavior methods will bring up needed solutions. The solution of article 1 was that psychology could have been different from what it is today if Watson approached the matter in a less aggressive manner, but science has grown in psychology for the good. Article 2 results in favoring behaviorism and science in psychology by stating, “The exploitation of the new freedom by those who have a distaste for the discipline of science will have to be guarded against, but this risk must not discourage those who have retained a curiosity about all aspects of the mind and human behavior, and at the same time are determined to retain and advance psychology's stature as a scientific enterprise.”( Hilgard, Ernest

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