Social Learning Say What?

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Social Learning Say What?

Psychology, that’s one scary complex beast to look at, but the great thing about it is there is so many types of theories so that you can use to give you a different understanding when interpreting an issue. The theory that drew me the most in was Social Learning Theory also known as Social Cognitive Theory. The reason I choose this was I liked that fact it doesn’t consider individual personalities and puts a lot of emphasis on social context. Some people may view those things as a negative to me they are strengths since it is analyzing that’s that can be measured. What I find so great is it avoids blaming someone else for what’s wrong with me. So we are first going to take a look at who came up with this theory and his educational background. We will then move onto what experiments were done and how they went to help support the theory in order to be validated. Then we will finally look at it in the aspect of how it is used in criminology.

The Social Learning Theory was developed by Julian B. Rotter. Julian was born in October, in 1916 and died this month at the age of 97. Rotter attended Brooklyn College and attended seminars and meetings taught by Adler on the topic of Society of Individual Psychology. He furthered his education at the University of Iowa and minored in speech pathology. After finishing his degree he took an internship on clinical psychology at Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts. In 1939 Rotter began working on his Ph.D. in clinical psychology after finishing a predoctoral internship. He later severed the military in WWII and took a position at Ohio State University. This is where he developed his Social Learning Theory and published his book called Social Learning and Clini...

... middle of paper ... only for adults. During the aggressive model scenario the adult would beat the Bobo doll. The non-aggressive model would then ignore the Bobo doll. The child was then denied the ability to play with the toys so that it got all mad. In the final stage the child was allowed to play with all the toys for 20 minutes.

Works Cited

• The Social Learning Theory of Julian B. Rotter. (n.d.). The Social Learning Theory of Julian B. Rotter. Retrieved January 28, 2014, from

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• Bandura, R. A. (n.d.). Transmission of aggression through the imitation of aggressive models. In Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology (Vol. 63, pp. 575-582).
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