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Social Learning Theory

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Watch this short film on Social Learning Theory by Karl Ochsner and colleagues at Arizona State University,

  1. Who is the researcher responsible for Social Learning Theory?
  2. What three concepts of this theory are stressed in the presentation?
  3. How do television commercials fit the theory?
  4. Why do the children in the study show aggression toward the Bobo dolls?
  5. What two sources of learning are described?
  6. What positive application of social learning theory is invited in the film's conclusion?


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1. Who is the researcher responsible for Social Learning Theory?
Albert Bandura

2. What three concepts of this theory are stressed in the presentation?
observation, imitation, modelling

3. How do television commercials fit the theory?
you observe the behavior, you want to imitate the fun, so you model it by buying the product


4. Why do the children in the study show aggression toward the Bobo dolls?
Bandura says they are learning aggressive styles of behavior through modelling

5. What two sources of learning are described?
observational learning: we learn from what others model for us, and experiential learning, from what we experience

6. What positive application of social learning theory is invited in the film's conclusion?
viewers comment on the film via a blog.
 

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