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The Bobo doll experiments


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Watch the video on Bandura's famous Bobo doll experiments, narrated by the researcher himself.

What conclusions can you draw from this experiment?  How confident would you be?


The experiment seems to show that modelled behaviours tend to be reproduced by observers.  However, some researchers have contested the validity of this study: it is not a real-life situation, but a laboratory experiment, and Bobo dolls are designed to be hit.

Read the original research (1961).

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