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John Watson was born January 9 1878 in Greenville South Carolina to Emma and Pickens Watson At the age of 16 John went to Furman College in South Carolina He furthered his education at University of Chicago studying the behavior of children John was required to write a paper on relations between behavior in the white rat and the growth of the nervous system There he met his wife Mary Ikes Together they had two children Mary and John Growing up with a father that was with different women affected him as a child Watson and Mary got a divorced after their children was born In the 1900s Watson became an associate professor at John Hopkins University One of his lectures was Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It As he had a big discussion with his class he developed new ideas based on behavior He notice that psychology is the study of peoples actions with the ability to foretell and control their actions in other words the natural science of behavior all behavior is learned Psychology 3rd Edition Page 11 Believing that people can adapt to their environment and depending on their surroundings can determined on the way they act Watson was forced to leave John Hopkins University because they found out that he was having an affair with one of his students Later he married one of his graduate students Rosalie Rayner Together they had two children James and William leaving John with 4 children in total After his second wife Rosalies death he had poor connections with his children Watson begin to focus back on Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It He develop an experiment called Little Albert He wanted to prove that phobias are learned through the process of conditioning a phobia an irrational fear is really a symptom of an underlying repressed conflict and cannot be cured Freud Psychology 3rd Edition Page 11 Therefore he took a child that is
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