The Life of John B. Watson Essay

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As I searched over the numerous website and psychology books trying to figure out who to write on for this research paper I stumbles upon a famous quote that captures my attention swiftly.
"Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select--doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief….”
This quote was stated by none other than a determined man who is best known for behaviorism and the Little Albert experiment, John B. Watson. Mr. Watson’s life story intrigued me greatly to study his theory and also to write about it for my research paper. Mr. Watson didn’t have a “Brady Bunch family” where there
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Sadly, Pickens then started cheating on his wife as the affairs continues this resulted in John’s father leaving the family when John was thirteen. John took his father’s departure very hard and this caused him to act out in school by getting into numerous fights and he also did poorly in his studies. (Weiland) However, John then took his education quite seriously when he was accepted into Furman University in South Carolina at the age of sixteen where he did exceptionally well and he graduated at twenty- one with a master’s degree. (Good Therapy.Org, 2013) John’s mentor, Mr. Gordon Moore played a very important part in John’s life by helping him get into the University of Chicago. There Mr. Watson developed his enthusiasm for studying psychology and examining animals. (Watson, 1999) He majored in psychology under known scholars such as James Rowland Angell and George Hubert Mead. Not only did Mr. Watson major in psychology also majored in neurology which he was taught by Henry Herbert Donaldson. In addition to both his majors John also minored in philosophy under John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, James Hayden Tufts and Edward Scribner Ames. (Wozniak, 1997) In addition to Watson studying with great scholars, in 1903 he earned his Ph. D at the age of twenty five at this age he also did his dissertation between the rats he examines over the years and

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