Donald Baer (1931-2002) had devoted himself very soon to the study of child development from a neobehaviorist
perspective, in the University of Washington.
The various mental states or cognitive processes may well be more sophisticated or complex in cognitive psychology than neobehaviorist
mediators, but they do not differ in kind.
Skinner may be defined as a neobehaviorist
psychologist or behaviorist of the second generation (along with E.
11) No actualist, behaviorist, or neobehaviorist
acknowledges this truth and thus makes reductions that are entirely blind to some indispensable possibilities.
However, because he mistakenly believes that neobehaviorist
learning theory reached the height of its influence before World War II, he fails to incorporate behaviorist themes into his writing.
could be fit within a neobehaviorist
framework if a proper amount of structure is assumed and not mastered from scratch.
As a result, he did not have the same concerns as his neobehaviorist
contemporaries about definitions of unobservable mediating terms, inferred constructs, validation, theory testing, and so on.
In scientific venues, a neobehaviorist
would remain silent on its ultimate ontology and not commit to whether it referred to something that was literally mental or cognitive.
Thus, although Skinner was a neobehaviorist
in the chronological sense that he developed an alternative to classical S-R behaviorism in the 1930s, as did others, his alternative did not involve postulating hypothetical mediating entities (Moore, 2005).
Whereas the behaviorism inspired by Watson could develop freely in America, reaching its apogee during the 1930s and 1940s in the neobehaviorist
paradigms of C.
The inclusion of Chomsky's review here was particularly absurd, given that the "review" was an ignorant and dismissive indictment of virtually all of the learning perpectives of the day coming out of experimental psychology (including those of mediational neobehaviorists
like Clark Hull's S-R Behavior Theory).
Behaviorists disregarded consciousness, calling it an epiphenomenon; neobehaviorists
handled it only in terms of its outcome of verbal reports or button pushes.