But not everyone believes that biology is destiny for many scientists, it's your experiences in life that count your upbringing, your education, your environment chief among these scientists is psychologist John Watson who offers a theory that is the mirror opposite of eugenics. This was the heyday of hereditary ins and geneticist who said that human beings were constrained by their genetic inheritance and Watson was saying that this is baloney that human beings were shaped solely by their. Environment over the years Watson studies, the behavior of babies hundreds of - Watson. We arrived in the world, a blank slate, tabular, NASA nearly everything is learned even things. We think are instinctual like fear to prove that environment is more powerful than genetics. Watson designs an experiment for an infant illness, little Albert he's.
So confident, he films it for posterity at first Albert shows little fear. Even when Watson places of burning newspaper in front of him, Albert is also unafraid. When he encounters a white rat for the first time in his life, but then Watson shows Albert the rat accompanied by a loud, clanging noise, one of the few things that upsets little Albert, and he does it again and does it begin eventually Albert learns to fear, not just the rat, but all furry things, even without the loud noise in Watson's mind. The little Albert experiment is a success because it proves that fears are learned Watson calls his theory, behaviorism and begins to popularize it. He urges. Parents to take active control of their children's upbringing by shaping their environment to think of the home as a scientific laboratory.