BoBo doll Essay

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Monkey see monkey do. Seemingly nothing more than an expression used to describe children imitating another’s behavior, but what if it meant something more what if that expression was used to describe a theory of learning. As the Bobo experiment showed, the children were imitating the adult model, showing aggression towards the Bobo doll. Some of the children were shown the adult being punished for acting aggressively which then the children showed a significant amount of lesser aggression, and some of the children saw the adults being rewarded for their behavior, which showed an increase in the violence. In my own thoughts of this learning theory, an observer’s behavior can be affected by the positive or negative consequences of a model’s behavior. I do agree that what children see in television can have a temporary effect on how they behave. However, I feel that there are many other factors that come in to play. These could include personality, background, and their environment. "Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action." -Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977 I do believe that not all observed behaviors are effectively learned. Anything that detracts your attention is going to have a negative effect on observational learning. The ability to store information is also an important part of the learning process. Retention of the information can easily be affected by a number of factors. Finally, in order for observational learning to be successful, you have to be motivated to imitate the behavior, and that the
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