Social Learning Say What? Essay

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Social Learning Say What?

Psychology, that’s one scary complex beast to look at, but the great thing about it is there is so many types of theories so that you can use to give you a different understanding when interpreting an issue. The theory that drew me the most in was Social Learning Theory also known as Social Cognitive Theory. The reason I choose this was I liked that fact it doesn’t consider individual personalities and puts a lot of emphasis on social context. Some people may view those things as a negative to me they are strengths since it is analyzing that’s that can be measured. What I find so great is it avoids blaming someone else for what’s wrong with me. So we are first going to take a look at who came up with this
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A Bobo doll is a 5 foot tall inflatable and is made of soft durable vinyl or plastic. It is most often pained to look like a clown with a weighted bottom so if it were to get hit it would go down and come right back up to upright position. The purpose of this experiment was to “study children behavior after they observed the model get rewarded, punished or experience no consequence for beating up the doll.” The experiment showed that people learn by being rewarded but punished to through observational learning.(Britannica, 2014)
We will be first looking at the method and result of the initial experiment conducted in 1961. The people who conducted this experiment were Bandura, Ross and Ross. They used 36 boys and 36 girls from Stanford University Nursery School. The children who took part in this experiment were between the ages of 37 months and 69 months. They organized them in 4 groups and 1 control group. They showed an aggressive model to 24 children and 24 others to a non-aggressive model. Afterword 2 groups divided into just females and just males. This was done to make sure that half the groups were exposed to same sex and others to opposite sex. The last of the 24 children were the control group.
During the actually experiment each child was exposed to the scenario alone. This was done to make sure so other children did not get influenced by the other children. The first part was done involving one
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