A teacher and the experimenter rated the children on physical and verbal aggression, aggression towards inanimate objects and aggressive inhibition.
Children with similar aggression scores were matched in groups of 3 and then split into 3 groups so all 'naturally aggressive' children didn't end up in the same condition.
The children in this room had toys and tasks they could play with, meanwhile, the adult would go to the opposite side where they had tinker toys and a 5 foot inflatable bobo doll. The model in the aggressive condition would punch the bobo doll as well as displaying verbal aggression, such as "pow!" The model In the non aggressive condition would ignore the doll and play with the toys calmly and gently.
The mild aggression arousal phase. (2 mins) ROOM TWO.
Children were taken into a room with 'attractive' toys and left to play for 2 minutes. The experimenter then came in and said that they were the best toys and reserved for the other children.
The last room contained a variety of aggressive and non aggressive toys and the children were allowed to play with any. The children were then observed through a one way mirror. Their behaviour was recorded every 5 seconds. The children were tested on imitative aggression, non imitative aggression, partially imitated behaviours and no aggression.
The test for delayed imitation phase. (20 mins) ROOM THREE.
Conclusion: Social Learning Theory helps us understand where aggression comes from.