Social Learning Theory

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Who is the social learning theorist?
Albert Bandura.
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What 2 ways does learning take place?
Observation and imitation.
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Define vicarious reinforcement?
Reproducing an observed behaviour with the expectation of gaining a similar reward.
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What are the 4 mediational processes?
Attention, retention, motor reproduction, motivation.
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What are mediational processes?
Cognitive factors that influence learning and come between stimulus and response.
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What are the characteristics of a role model?
Same age or older, high status, admired, similar to us (gender/ethnicity.)
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What does identification mean?
Being more likely to imitate the behaviour of people we identify with. Also known as modelling.
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Give one strength of social learning theory.
Practical applications/evidence to support it.
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What was the experiment that Bandura conducted?
Bobo Doll Experiment.
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Give one weakness of social learning theory.
Supporting studies, such as the Bobo Doll, have been criticised/underestimates the influence of biological factors.
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What is learning directly?
Learning through classical and operant conditioning.
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What is learning indirectly?
Imitating a behaviour if it is rewarded.
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What was the Bobo Doll study?
Bandura recorded behaviour of children who watched an adult behave in an aggressive way towards a Bobo Doll. They were later observed playing with toys, eg: a Bobo Doll, they behavioured more aggressively towards the doll.
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What year was the Bobo Doll study conducted?
1951.
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