Behaviorism: The Cognitive Revolution In Psychology

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In the early 1900’s when psychology was a new field, experimentation was in short supply if not non-existent all together and struggling to surface as a science worth studying. Behaviorism was thought to turn psychology into a natural science. However behaviorism only focused on the external (environmental influences) disregarding the internal response when studying behavior. The Cognitive revolution was focused on the internal cause of behavior (brain and mind). This revolution in psychology became the end of behaviorism when it became apparent that it would not succeed. As Noam Chomsky, a linguist, said, “Defining psychology as the science of behavior is like defining physics as the science of meter reading.” (G. Miller, 2003) Prior

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