John B. Watson

"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, and, yes, even beggarman and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. I am going beyond my facts and I admit it, but so have the advocates of the contrary and they have been doing it for many thousands of years."

– John B. Watson, Behaviorism, 1930


Early Life

  • Born on January 9th, 1878 Greenville, South Carolina

  • Died on September 25th, 1958 Connecticut

  • Attended Furman University at 16

  • Studied at the University of Chicago



  • Watson played an important role in the development of behaviorism.
  • He Taught at John Hopkins University
  • His most famous experiment is the "Little Albert" experiment.