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What is a limitation of the behaviourist approach in psychology?

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Answered Dec 18Psychology
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The behaviourist approach emphasises that Psychology should be seen as a science and that behaviour is learned through the environment, by collecting data through careful and controlled observation and measurement of behaviour. This can be seen as a weakness because it limits the understanding and the factors influencing our behaviour. For example, the behaviourist approach focuses more on the nurture side of the nature/nurture debate. This means that all behaviour is learned, ignoring the way the genetic make-up could have an effect on shaping behaviour.