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 (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 (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? (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 I can't find any info on "wand learning", in WikiPedia or other online sources. (talk) 17:55, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

"Fighting with African Americans?"?[edit]

"having been arrested twice during high school (first for fighting with African Americans, then for discharging firearms within city limits" - race of the person he fought for isn't inherently relevant unless for the racists it makes such fighting more understandable, or for the anti-racist it makes such fighting deplorable, but we have no such information, so why do we describe the race of the people he fought with? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:09, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

I agree that the phrase "fighting with African Americans" was not needed, so I went and deleted it. I did leave the the part mentioning that he was arrested for fighting in high school because I feel like that is information that is beneficial to the understanding of his early life and struggles that he had. LisaBlakeleySnyder (talk) 17:31, 13 February 2017 (UTC)