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  • Bandura
    • Learning occurs within a social context.
    • People learn from one another through observational learning, imitation, and modeling.
      • Emphasises the importance of observing and modeling the behaviors, attitudes, and emotional reactions of others.
  • In his famous "Bobo doll" studies, Bandura demonstrated that children learn and imitate behaviors they have observed in other people. The children in Bandura's studies observed an  adult acting violently towards a Bobo doll. When the children were later allowed to play in a room with the doll, they began to imitate the aggressive actions they had previously observed 1. People can learn by observing the behavior of others and the outcomes of those behaviors. General principles of social learning:
  • General principles of social learning:
    • 2. Learning can occur without a change in behaviour.
    • Behaviourists say that learning has to be represented by a permanent change in behaviour.
    • in contrast social learning theorists say that because people can learn through observation alone , their learning may not necessarily be shown in their performance.
    • Learning may or may not result in a behavior change.
  • 1. In order to learn, you need to be paying attention.   ATTENTION
    • 2. The ability to store information is an important part of the learning process .
    • 3. Once you have paid attention to the model and retained the information,  it is time to actually perform the behaviour you observed.
    • 4. In order for observational learning to be successful, you have to be motivated to imitate the behavior that has been modeled.
  •   People are often reinforced for modeling the behavior of others . Bandura suggested that the environment also reinforces modeling. This is in several possible ways:   How the environment reinforces and punishes modeling:
    • 1.The observer is reinforced by the model . For example, someone who changes dress to fit in with a certain group of students has a strong likelihood of being accepted and thus reinforced by that group. 
  • 2. The observer is reinforced by a third person. The observer might be modeling the actions of someone else, for example, an outstanding class leader or student. The teacher compliments and praises the observer for modeling such behavior, thus reinforcing that behaviour. 
    • 3. The imitated behavior itself leads to reinforcing consequences. Many behaviors that we learn from others produce satisfying or reinforcing results.   
    • 4. Consequences of the model’s behavior affect the observers behavior vicariously . This is known as vicarious reinforcement. This is where in the model is reinforced for a response and then the observer shows an increase in that same response.
    • YouTube - bandura original footage