Assumptions Behaviourism

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  • The only valid data in psychology is behaviour because behaviour is observable and can be objectively measured.


  • Subjectivity should be eliminated from psychology and methods like introspection abandoned to be replaced with more objective methods.


  • Learning can best be understood in terms of external causes rather than internal causes. Mental activities are useless as data.


  • Behaviour is almost entirely determined by the environment (rather than by heredity/genes), so is learned (hence the term learning theory).


  • Simple associations of stimuli or stimulus-response are the building blocks of all behaviour, no matter how complex.


  • Laws of learning are the same for all species and can be seen in any environment.