John B. Watson

1878 - 1958

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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 1,891,392 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). John B. Watson is the 17th most popular psychologist (up from 19th in 2019), the 175th most popular biography from United States (up from 218th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Psychologist.

John B. Watson was most famous for his work with Little Albert. He conducted a study in which he conditioned a child to fear a white rat by pairing it with a loud noise.

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Among psychologists, John B. Watson ranks 17 out of 182Before him are Wilhelm Wundt, William James, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, and Anna Freud. After him are Albert Bandura, Edward Thorndike, Kurt Lewin, B. F. Skinner, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Wilhelm Reich.

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Among people born in 1878, John B. Watson ranks 3Before him are Janusz Korczak and Lise Meitner. After him are Martin Buber, Reza Shah, Pancho Villa, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Werner von Blomberg, Gustav Stresemann, André Citroën, Robert Walser, and Lucien Febvre. Among people deceased in 1958, John B. Watson ranks 4Before him are Pope Pius XII, Imre Nagy, and Wolfgang Pauli. After him are Rosalind Franklin, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Roger Martin du Gard, Maurice de Vlaminck, Clinton Davisson, Ernest Lawrence, Tyrone Power, and Lion Feuchtwanger.

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Among people born in United States, John B. Watson ranks 175 out of 15,968Before him are Thomas Kuhn (1922), John Cage (1912), Bernie Sanders (1941), Tom Selleck (1945), Peter Falk (1927), and Robert Wadlow (1918). After him are Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Gene Cernan (1934), Patti Smith (1946), Chuck Berry (1926), Gregory Peck (1916), and Robert F. Kennedy (1925).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, John B. Watson ranks 5Before him are Abraham Maslow (1908), John Dewey (1859), William James (1842), and Carl Rogers (1902). After him are Edward Thorndike (1874), B. F. Skinner (1904), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Paul Ekman (1934), Gordon Allport (1897), and Jerome Bruner (1915).