Explaining influences on behaviour.

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Social Learning Theory.

Based on Bandura's research.

Children exposed to a violent model play more aggressively, especially if the model recieved a reward.

Suggests children learn behaviours through two mechanisms:

1. Learning via direct experience.

Based on operant conditioning. If a reward is received they will repeat the behaviour.

2. Learning via vicarious experience.

Learning through observation and imitation of role models.

Children are highly selective, choosing dominant and powerful individuals as models.


An individual behaving aggressively or pro-socially depends on past experience. For example, whether they were rewarded or punished for the behaviour. It also relies on…


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