John B Watson
Fun Facts and backround
With his behaviorism, Watson put the emphasis on external behaviour of people and their reactions on given situations, rather than the internal, mental state of those people. In his opinion, the analysis of behaviours and reactions was the only objective method to get insight in the human actions.
Watson was asked to leave the faculty position he held at Johns Hopkins University because he was having an affair with a student, and subsequently began working for J. Walter Thompson, an advertising agency.
Watson has become immortalized in introductory psychology textbooks for his attempts to condition fear of a white rat into "Little Albert", a 9 month old boy. As the story of Little Albert has made the rounds, inaccuracies and inconsistencies have crept in, some of them even due to Watson himself.
Children Where Mary Watson and John Icks Watson his wifes was Rosalie Rayber andMary Ickes. His parents where Emma Watson and Pickens Butler
Watson was hired as an associate professor of psychology at John Hopkins University. It was at JHU that he became known as the Founder of Behaviorism.
He retired as Vice President of William Esty Agency.
Dr. Watson began his study on mental illnesses. He began working in advertising at the J Walter Thompson Agency.
Main Things John B Watson Is Known For
Watson set the stage for behaviorism, which soon rose to dominate psychology. While behaviorism began to lose its hold after 1950, many of the concepts and principles are still widely used today. Conditioning and behavior modification are still widely used in therapy and behavioral training to help clients change problematic behaviors and develop new skills.
Achievements and rewards.
- 1915 – Served as the President of the American Psychology Association. (APA)
- 1919 – Published Psychology From the Standpoint of a Behaviorist
- 1925 – Published Behaviorism
- 1928 – Published Psychological Care of Infant and Child
- 1957 – Received the APA's award for contributions to psychology