Skip to main content

Behaviorism and Challenges to Behaviorism

Difficulty level

This lecture covers the history of behaviorism and the ultimate challenge to behaviorism. 

Topics covered in this lesson
  • The argument for studying animals in order to study human psychology
  • Romanes' three causes of behavior
  • Thorndike's puzzle boxes & learning curves
  • Watson's experiments on infants
  • Skinner's Empty Organism approach
  • Tolman's critique of the Empty Organism
  • Hull's active goal-oriented learner theory
  • Rescorla and Wagner's laws of associative competition