Psychology Unit 3- Aggression- Social learning theory

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One Social psychological theory of aggression is the social learning theory.

Social learning theory says behaviour are learnt in two ways:

1) Directy through reinforcement (i.e. reward and punishment).

2) Indirectly by seeing others being rewarded or punished for behaviours ( vicarious learning).

Bandura (1965) conducted the Bobo doll experiment to investigate whether aggressive behaviour can be learnt through reinforcement and punisment.

Bandura (1965)- Bobo doll experiment

Method:In a controlled observation with an independent measures design, children watched a video of a male or female model behaving aggressively towards a Bobo doll. Their behaviour was distinctive e.g they used a hammer or shouted certain things. The children


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