John Broadus Watson 's Influence On Psychology Essay

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John Broadus Watson was born in 1878 in Greenville, South Carolina. Born into a morally divided and low-economic family, John did not have what one considers a “picture-perfect,” childhood. His father was a raging addict, while his mother lived by the church. The moral division led to troubles in his adolescent years. He was arrested multiple times due to fighting and illegal activity. His early academic performance suffered as well. He began studying in 1984 at Furman University. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, however, he leaned on the delinquent side. He received low grades in his psychology classes and refused to turn in assignments. However, he did indeed graduate from Furman 5 years later. He decided in 1900 to study philosophy at the University of Chicago. In his years at Chicago, he pursued a degree in experimental psychology. He also became quite interested in the study of animals in comparison to psychology. It was here that he began to develop his behaviorist theories with the influence of Vladimir Bekhterev and Ivan Pavlov. In 1903, he was the youngest student at the university to graduate with a PhD. After graduation, he was given the position of associate professor of psychology at John Hopkins University in 1908. However, in 1920 he was asked to leave the university due to an affair with one of his students Rosalie Rayner, while still married to his first wife. In 1921 he married Rosalie and they were married for 15 years. Sadly, Rosalie died…

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