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John Watson

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John Watson attended Furman University(1894-1899) when he was 16 and graduated with a masters degree at the age of 21. He then attended the University of Chicago to continue his studies and earned his doctrate. He also studied at Johns Hopkins University.


Mr. Watson was an associate professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University. After his affair he was fired and he began working in advertising. He led successful campaigns including Ponds Cold Cream. He was the President of APA in 1915 and received a gold medal for his contributions to the field of psychology shortly before his death.

School of Thought

Watson’s behaviorist theory focused not on the internal emotional and psychological conditions of people, but rather on their external and outward behaviors. He believed that a person’s physical responses provided the only insight into internal actions. Watson's behaviorism rejected the studying of consciousness. He was convinced that it could not be studied. He pushed for psychology to no longer be considered the science of the "mind". Instead, he thought that psychology should focus on the "behavior" of the individual, not their consciousness.

Background Information

John Watson was born on January 9, 1878 and died on September 25, 1958. He was born on a farm in South Carolina. John's mom was very religious and John's dad left him in 1891. John had a troubled adolescence, getting arrested for fighting and disorderly behavior twice, and performed poorly academically in grade school. He also opposed religion. He started to turn in life around in college