Children Learn Through Imitation : Social Cognitive Theory

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Infants and Children Learn Through Imitation: Social Cognitive Theory

What influences human behavior? Does our surrounding have any influences on our behavior or are we the sole determinants of our behavior? What methods can we use to enhance particular behavior and discourage other behavior? Albert Bandura’s studies on human behavior and its influences resulted in the development of social cognitive theory which answers the above questions. Social cognitive theory was first developed by the Canadian-American psychologist Albert Bandura. It is one of the most influential theories of human learning and development. Social cognitive theory is premised on the notion that humans learn by observing and reflecting upon the behaviors of role models. Observing others, thinking about the consequences and setting performance goals are a just a few of the examples of the social cognitive theory. This theory can also be split up into three different but equally valid components: observational learning, self-efficacy and self regulation. What and how much is learned depends on the degree to which the learner is attentive to the events; learning is likely to be more focused when the role model behaves in intriguing ways, or when there is a novel aspect to what is being observed. This theory is a blend of behaviorism and cognitive psychology. Therefore, in this research paper, our group will be sharing multiple researchers and experiments to show that social cognitive theory is very…
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