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Radical Behaviorism and Cognitive Psychology

What is radical behaviorism? What is Cognitive psychology? How are radical behaviorism and cognitive psychology similar? How are they different?

What role do ethics play in experimentation? What are some ethical issues associated with John B. Watson's conditioning of phobic responses?

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In 200 to 300 words: Definition in short detail: What is radical behaviorism? What is cognitive psychology? How are radical behaviorism and cognitive psychology similar? How are they different?

In two to 300 words: Help explain: What role do ethics play in experimentation? What are some ethical issues associated with John B. Watson's conditioning of phobic responses?

- What is Radical Behaviorism?

Radical behaviorism is a complex conceptualization of behavior postulated by B. F. Skinner. From this perspective, Skinner did not deny the existence of the importance of personal experience, but denied the mind/body dualism that was introduced by the Methodological behaviorists, or mentalists (Malone & Cruchan, 2001). Radical behaviorism emerged in opposition to the methodological view--a philosophical position that events inside the mind could not be publicly observed or verified, and thus are ruled out as scientific accounts. The radical behaviorist position did not deny self-knowledge, or self-observation, but offered a re-conceptualization of what could actually be observed. For example, Skinner postulated that behaviors derive from past contexts and personal history. In ...

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The solution discusses Radical Behaviorism, and describes the similarites betwen Radical Behaviorism and Cognitive Psychology in 615 words with four references.

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