John B. Watson

1878 - 1958

John B. Watson

John Broadus Watson (January 9, 1878 – September 25, 1958) was an American psychologist who popularized the scientific theory of behaviorism, establishing it as a psychological school. Watson advanced this change in the psychological discipline through his 1913 address at Columbia University, titled Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It. Through his behaviorist approach, Watson conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing, and advertising, as well as conducting the controversial "Little Albert" experiment and the Kerplunk experiment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John B. Watson has received more than 1,551,154 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 19th most popular psychologist.

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Among psychologists, John B. Watson ranks 19 out of 169Before him are Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, B. F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and Anna Freud. After him are Kurt Lewin, Wilhelm Reich, Edward Thorndike, Melanie Klein, Daniel Kahneman, and Hermann Ebbinghaus.

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Among people born in 1878, John B. Watson ranks 5Before him are Janusz Korczak, Lise Meitner, Reza Shah, and Martin Buber. After him are Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Pancho Villa, Gustav Stresemann, Werner von Blomberg, André Citroën, Robert Walser, and Lucien Febvre. Among people deceased in 1958, John B. Watson ranks 6Before him are Pope Pius XII, Imre Nagy, Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, and Rosalind Franklin. After him are Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Ernest Lawrence, Kurt Alder, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Milutin Milanković.

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Among people born in United States, John B. Watson ranks 218 out of 12,171Before him are Carl David Anderson (1905), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), John Jay (1745), Quentin Tarantino (1963), and Christopher Lloyd (1938). After him are Jesse James (1847), Sigourney Weaver (1949), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Tony Curtis (1925), P. T. Barnum (1810), and David Lynch (1946).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, John B. Watson ranks 6Before him are Abraham Maslow (1908), John Dewey (1859), William James (1842), Carl Rogers (1902), and B. F. Skinner (1904). After him are Edward Thorndike (1874), Paul Ekman (1934), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Jerome Bruner (1915), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), and Irvin D. Yalom (1931).

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