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Bobo Doll Experiment by Bandura
A long time ago there was a man named Albert Bandura. He sought to research new branches of psychology.
Bandura wondered how much people learn from observing others. Thus his theory of observational learning was born. His theory was people, especially young children, gather most of their knowledge by watching other people act.
Conducting experiments are the most efficient way to gather data about a new field of study. Bandura developed his Bobo Doll experiment. The premise of the experiment was a young children was forced to observe an adult either being gentle or violent with a doll. After watching, the children was then put in the environment with the doll.
One of Bandura's patients came from an authoritarian family. Both the mother and father restricted their son's life. The parents also often acted violently in front of their child such as physical punishments when he did something wrong. The outcome of this experiment surprised Bandura. The child acted violently with the doll.
The explanation for why the child acted like he did lies in an idea called learned helplessness. The constant exposure of bad behavior from the parents combined with the abuse the child has endured has molded the child's behavior to act like his parents because he thinks it's right to act like his parents.
If Mom and Dad do it then I can do it...
In conclusion, Bandura proved his theory of observable learning. Thanks for reading!