Complex Performance Related Tasks Are Ideal

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Complex performance related tasks are ideal when proximal goals are presented through a distal goal setting (Bandura 1886). Goals are individual’s capacity to complete the desired results. Proximal goal setting compared to distal, often leads to higher success rate especially when associated with goals that are relatively complex (Latham & Seijts, 1999). The social cognitive theory has been contributed to the work of Albert Badura, who recognized that cognitive learning is a key aspect that separates humans from other forms of life. This phenomenological approach analyzes the understanding and changing behavior in people, through observations, motivation, past experiences, and cognition. The following will give a further explanation of the phenomenological theory, and analyze three empirical studies, which focus on proximal and distal goal setting towards weight loss. Lastly, I will use the data from the empirical studies to discuss the validity of the social cognitive theory.The social cognitive theory suggests that behavioral, personal, environmental, and cognitive factors influence behavior and motivation (Cervone & Pervin, 2008). It argues against a previous theory of behaviorism, which believed behavior is only influence of the individual. The theory provides a framework for understanding, predicting, and changing human behavior. The theory relates to the idea of reciprocal determinism. Reciprocal determinism has three factors contributing to the concept of the social…

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