Bandura (1961) Evaluation - AO2

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One study that supports SLT is Banduras (1961) study into how aggressive behaviours in children are learnt, namely whether or not they are influenced by models.

The findings showed that the children who observed the agressive model exhibited more aggressive behaviours towards the Bobo doll compared to the group who had observed the non-aggressive model. This study gives us good evidence as to how children learn behaviours through observation, a key concept of SLT. As the study was carried out in a lab, the control of variables was increased(for example what gender and age the children were) and the ability to repeat the study is made easier.

However for the same reason, due to the artificiality of the situation, both ecological and external validity is reduced for many…


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