Albert Bandura 's Impact On Psychology

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Albert Bandura’s Impact on Psychology Kylo Ren Oklahoma State University PSYC 1113-009 January 27, 2016 Albert Bandura’s Impact on Psychology Albert Bandura is one of the most influential social cognitive psychologists in the world. His contributions have led to significant advances in the treatment of clinical disorders. Albert Bandura is best known for his social learning theory, the concept of self-efficacy, and his famous Bobo doll experiments. He is a Professor at Stanford University and is widely regarded as one of the greatest living psychologists. A survey held in 2002 ranked him as the fourth most influential psychologist of the twentieth-century, behind B.F. Skinner, Jean Piaget, and Sigmund Freud (Bennet, 2002). Albert Bandura 's social learning theory stressed the importance of observational learning, imitation and modeling. As humans we are constantly learning. We adapt and process information about everything in our world. Communication, television, the internet and even Facebook shapes the way we learn. Everyone and everything around us has an impact on the way we learn and behave. The social learning theory explains human behavior in terms of cognitive, behavioral, and environmental influences (Muskingum.edu, 2012). "Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do," Bandura explained in his 1977 book Social Learning Theory (Reilly, 1977). His theory integrated a continuous interaction between behaviors, cognitions and the environment. In the modern world, there are many concerns about the effect of influences on the development and growth of a child 's personality and morality. Television, c... ... middle of paper ... ...on, freedom, and all the many other mentalist constructs other psychologist tend to dwell on. References Boone, T., Reilly, a., & Sashkin, M. (1977). SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY Albert Bandura Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1977. 247 pp., paperbound. Group & Organization Management, 2(3), 384-385. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/105960117700200317 Grusec, J. E. (1992). Social learning theory and developmental psychology: The legacies of Robert Sears and Albert Bandura. Developmental Psychology, 28(5), 776-786. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.28.5.776 Muskingum.edu. (2012). Psychology History. Retrieved 25 January 2016, from http://muskingum.edu/~psych/psycweb/history/bandura.htm W. E. Benet, P. (2002). 100 Most Eminent Psychologists - AssessmentPsychology.com. Assessmentpsychology.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016, from http://www.assessmentpsychology.com/eminentpsychologists.htm
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