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Behavioral Psychology

Behavioral Psychology

Behavioral psychology, or behaviorism, is an approach in psychology which studies observable behavior, emphasising the role that conditioning plays in influencing a person's thoughts and actions. Learn more about the behavioral approach and discover the key theories and studies which have informed this approach to psychology below:

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How to Make Small-Talk Using The FORM Technique

Struggle to find topics to talk about with friends? Find it difficult to keep conversations alive? Try the easy-to-remember FORM technique.

Aversion Therapy

Aversion therapy uses the principle that new behavior can be 'learnt' in order to overcome addictions, obsessions or, as demonstrated in Kubrick's film, A Clockwork Orange, violent behavior.

Fashion Psychology: What clothes say about you

The psychology driving our clothing choices and how fashion affects your dating prospects.


If you jumped out of a plane, would you overcome your fear of heights?

Altruism More Likely in Affluent Areas - Study

A 'dropped letter' experiment reveals that the affluence of a neighborhood can affect whether or not residents engage in an altruistic acts.

Imprinting and Relationships

How first impressions from birth influence our relationship choices later in life.

Altruism in Animals and Humans

Why do we help other people? When Darwin introduced his theory of natural selection - often referred to as 'survival of the fittest' - he revolutionized and crystallized thought and theory in regards to how traits evolve in species.

Stimulus-Response Theory

How the Stimulus-Response Theory explains our behavior in psychology.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

What motivates humans? Maslow's hierarchy pyramid explains.

Behavioral Approach

The behavioral approach explained: Introduction to the branches of behaviorism in psychology, assumptions of the approach and an evaluation.

Methodological Behaviorism

What is methodological behaviorism in psychology, and how does it differ from other types of behaviorism?

Classical Behaviorism

Overview and in-depth review of classical behaviorism in psychology.

Teleological Behaviorism

Introduction to teleological behaviorism, a branch of the behavioral approach in psychology, with an overview, studies and evaluation of the approach.

Radical Behaviorism

Overview of radical behaviorism, including behaviorism and determinism, conditioning, applications of radical behaviorism and criticisms of the approach.

Pavlov's Dogs and Classical Conditioning

How Pavlov's experiments with dogs demonstrated that our behavior can be changed using conditioning.

Video Game Exposure Reinforces 'Stereotypes' - Study

Researchers find link between video game use and gender stereotypes in new study.

Key Figures in Psychology: Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936)

A look at the life of Ivan Pavlov, his contributions to behavioral psychology and his discovery of classical conditioning.

Bandura's Bobo Doll Experiment

Albert Bandura's influential Bobo doll experiments reveal how children imitate TV violence and the behavior of others.

Operant Conditioning

A look at operant conditioning as a process of learning, and how Skinner's box experiments demonstrated the effect of reinforcements on behavior.

More on Altruism

Why do vampire bats show kindness to each other, and is it a selfless act?

Erikson's Stages of Human Development

Erik Erikson's theory of the stages of human development.

Flooding for Phobias

How flooding is used as a treatment for phobias.


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