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Your task on this assignment is to write an essay with the APA style, on one topic chosen from the list below. Your audience for this paper should be an upper-division psychology student.Therefore, you should assume extensive knowledge of psychology, but make allowances for specialized jargon, obscure references, etc. You can assume basic knowledge of psychology but not an advanced knowledge of the history of psychology.

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1. Any movement in the history of psychology in relation to a more particular topic: The Role of Behaviorism in the Development of Behavioral Therapy

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The Role of behaviorism in development of Behavioral Therapy

Outline
1. Introduction
2. Concept Definition and Relevance
• Behaviorism
 The History of Behaviorism
• Behavioral Therapy
 History of Behavioral Therapy
3. The course of development of Behavioral Therapy
4. The role and applicability of Behaviorism in Behavioral Therapy
5. Significant Contributors and their Major works
• Albert Bandura (1925)
• Edward Thorndike
• Maxie Clarence Maultsby(1932)
• Albert Ellis (1913)
6. Critics of Behaviorism and it’s applicability in Behavioral Therapy
7. Conclusion

Thesis Statement: Examining the history and the role of behaviorism offers a chance to seek an understanding of behaviourism by exploring the major contributors to the theory and their influence on the development of the behavioral therapy used in contemporary psychology.

Draft Introduction
Behaviorism is a major approach to psychology and combines philosophy, theory and methodology. Mostly behaviorism focuses on individual’s behavior as subscribed from social and psychological environments. Before 1950’s the theory was applicable in examining radical behavior and developing social pattern methods. However, psychologists later used the approach to develop the behavioral therapy methodology. Behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy intervention that seeks to offer diagnosis by analysing individuals’ behavior and the emotions, feelings and predispositions that led to the actions. As such, behaviorists attempt to decipher the subjective feelings of an individual and give an objective summary of responsible internal and external forces. In application, Behavioral therapy exists in three major theories, which include social learning behaviors, applied behavior analysis, and cognitive behavior therapy. Examining the history and the role of behaviorism offers an opportunity to seek an understanding of behaviorism by exploring the major contributors to the theory and their influence on the development of the behavioral therapy used in contemporary psychology. The Purpose of this paper is to examine the relevance of behaviorism in the development of behavioral therapy. The paper examines the relationship between behaviorism as applied in 1950’s and the behavioral therapy. The analysis is also inclusive of significant figures that used their independent research to derive a behavioral therapy from the concept of behaviorism, which was the central tenet in social sciences such as sociology and political science.

Final Paper
1.    Introduction
Behaviorism is a significant approach in psychology and combines philosophy, theory and methodology. Mostly behaviorism focuses on individual’s behavior as subscribed from social and psychological environments (Easton, 1967). Before the 1950’s, the theory was applicable in examining radical behavior and developing social pattern ideas. However, psychologists later used the approach in developing the behavioral therapy methodology. Behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy intervention that seeks to offer diagnosis by analysing individuals’ behavior and emotions, feelings and predispositions that led to the stated actions (Speckens et al., 1995). As such, behaviorists seek to decipher the subjective feelings of an individual and give an objective summary of responsible internal and external forces. In application, behavioral therapy exists in three major theories, which include social learning behaviors, applied...
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