The Behaviourist Perspective

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  • The Behaviourist Perspective
    • Assumptions
      • Studies only behaviour that can be observed/measured
      • Our environment entirely shapes us, all behaviour learnt from it
      • Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning and Social Learning Theory
        • CC= learn through association (NS, UR, US)
        • OC = consequences for behaviour will affect if it is repeated --> positive and negative reinforcement and punishment
        • SLT = People learn new behaviour through observing the behaviour ofothers (role models) and then imitating it.
    • Strengths
      • Useful- offer practical ways of changing behaviour
      • Scientific- observable behaviour, meaning methods are objective + collect quan data
    • Weaknesses
      • Reductionist- only focusses on observable behaviour, ignores emotional/social
      • Deterministic- don't play a part in choosing own actions + people's behaviour intirely controlled by environment.
    • Core Studies
      • Bandura
      • Chaney


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