Talk:John B. Watson

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The quote really makes it sound like Watson would side with "nurture" rather than "nature." Is "nature" really correct?

Views on childrearing[edit]

QUOTE: "The importance of learning in humans, Watson believed, was an evolutionary adaptation due to natural selection. For this reason, Watson stated that parents must train their children to instill good habits."

I don't believe J.B. Watson ever indicated that parents must instill good habits for this reason. No reference is given. I don't believe it would be possible to find a relevant a quote from J.B. Watson's writings. However, I've seen plenty of quotes which indicate that he considered inherited characteristics to be of little importance.

This paragraph appears to be a case of rewriting the history of psychology to introduce a misleading appearance of harmony between past and present orthodoxies.

Additional point:

Watson dismissed his beliefs concerning instincts. While he did research on instincts in his early career, by the 1920s he had dismissed all that in favour of a nurture perspective. While he had no clear evidence for his perspective, he none the less believed in it fully, and even applied such an attitude - at least to some degree - towards his children. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.68.134.159 (talk) 01:08, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Sentence on Masturbation totally wrong..[edit]

Every source that I have read stated that Watson believed completely the opposite of what that sentence stated. He even went so far as to denounce tree climbing as an activity because it might lead to masturbation. I am going to delete this unless someone posts a source. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 132.177.21.245 (talk) 19:04, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

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Article says both that Watson regretted writing about child-rearing and that it was his most "prized" interest. Can we reconcile those two viewpoints?98.199.76.177 (talk) 14:05, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

New Contribution[edit]

I have spent the last two months researching the life of John Broadus Watson for a course I am currently enrolled in at my university. Having read a biography a several articles, I have learned interesting information that is not currently present on Watson's page. I plan to contribute this information to the site under the "Early Life" section and the section about the "Little Albert" experiment. Marissa Cagle (talk) 06:02, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

What is "wand learning"?[edit]

The term Wand Learning is mentioned in the paragraph titled "Dissertation on animal behavior". at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Broadus_Watson#Dissertation_on_animal_behavior I can't find any info on "wand learning", in WikiPedia or other online sources. 50.130.27.5 (talk) 17:55, 6 June 2014 (UTC)