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Social Learning Theory

One psychological explanation is Bandura & Walters SLT, suggests we learn through observing others

Bandura et al ­ Bobo doll study, observed agg/non-agg then placed in room with dolls, agg condition most likely to repeat, esp when seen them rewarded
(vicarious reinforcement)

Lab, cause and effect established…

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Cultural differences, agg rare in !Kung san tribe due to rearing practices, if siblings fight they are physically separated so are not exposed to any agg to
learn/imitate

Can explain individual differences between & within, Wolfgang & Ferracuti - 'culture of violence' theory, some
sub-cultures sanction agg to greater degree…

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