"Father of Behaviorism"
When Watson began studying behaviorism he thought that humans were simply more complicated than animals but operated on the same principles. Watson thought that animals were extremely complex machines that responded to situations according to their nerve pathways that were conditioned by experience.
Today John Watson's theory on behaviorism has impacted how to train dogs and other animals. Some mental health professionals use behaviorist principles to condition away phobias and fears.
Most Famous Study: "Little Albert Experiment"
Watson's most famous study was called the "Little Albert Experiment". He thought that children have three basic emotional reactions: fear, rage, and love. Watson wanted to prove that these three reactions could be artificially conditioned in children. Watson used a little boy named Albert to test his theory. He repeatedly presented Albert a rat in conjunction with a sudden, loud noise to classically condition fear of the rat.
- Watson created the School of Behaviorism.
- Watson was accepted to Greenville’s Furman University as a sub-freshman.