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behaviouralism Line breaks: be|hav¦iour¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /bɪˈheɪvjərəlɪz(ə)m/
(US behavioralism)

Definition of behaviouralism in English:


[mass noun]
1The methods and principles of the scientific study of animal (and human) behaviour.
Example sentences
  • His approach is a mix of animal behavioralism and human psychology with a little eastern philosophy and spirituality thrown in.
  • But both theories are grounded in behavioralism.
  • To teach parents using psychological behavioralism?
1.1Advocacy of or adherence to a behavioural approach to social phenomena.
Example sentences
  • In some respects, the so-called new institutionalism was a rebellion against behaviouralism.
  • Now there's a name for this kind of approach in political science - behavioralism.
  • But what I do know is that behavioralism doesn't undermine law and economics - if anything, it enriches it.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This is a nice piece, which summarizes the behavioralist theory and its implications pretty well for laymen.
  • At the same time, new institutionalism recognized that formal institutions were more important than behaviouralists had suggested.
  • Neorealists responded that behaviouralists had failed to appreciate the essential characteristics of a systemic theory.
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