Essay about The Theory Of Social Learning

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The development of learned behaviour transpires when considering a connection between the observations and an individual’s actions. This essay examines the Bandura, Ross & Ross (1961) “Bobo Doll” social learning experiment and its findings. It further identifies the limitations of the study’s design such as selection bias, the role of race and socioeconomic background and the novelty of the Bobo Doll along with the participant’s perception of it as a toy. Additionally, it analyses the contemporary debates of the Bandura et al. experiment ranging from biology issues, the setting of the test, participants desire to please adults and the relationship connecting survival instincts with the participants’ aggression. Furthermore, it compares aggression and violence and the influence the role of the media, video games and violence have on children. Finally, this essay critically evaluates current evidence on aggression in children and discusses the impact and relevance it has in relation to the Bandura et al. social leaning study.
The theory of social learning centres on one’s interaction within their environment. Bandura et al. (1961) argued that all behaviour such as violence and aggression is learnt socially through imitative behaviour. Consequently, the researchers conducted an experiment known as the “Bobo Doll Study” to test their hypothesis. The investigation consisted of 72 test subjects. All participants came from the Stanford University Nursery School. The study had a…

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