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John B. Watson (1878 - 1958)
John B. Watson refers to the founder of the school of Psychology called Behaviorism which is the study of overt behavior rather than of mental processes. Watson believed that infants' minds were essentially "blank slates" and argued that learning determines what people will become. Likewise, Watson assumed that with the correct techniques, anything could be learned by almost anyone. Therefore, in Watson's view, experiences was just about all that matters in determining the course of development . John B. Watson 's view that a science or theory of development must study observable behavior only and investigate relationships between stimuli and responses. Behaviorism is a theoretical approach that seeks to explain behavior in terms of learning principles, without reference to inner states, thoughts, or feelings .