Psych M. D - Social Learning Theory


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Term:Social Learning Theory
Definition (Myers):the theory that we learn social behavior by observing and imitating and by being rewarded or punished. (1)
Definition (alternative): the theory that people learn new behavior through overt reinforcement or punishment, or via observational learning of the social actors in their environment. If people observe positive, desired outcomes in the observed behavior, they are more likely to model, imitate, and adopt the behavior themselves. (2)
Contextual explanation: According to this theory, children learn gender-linked behaviors by observing and imitating and by being rewarded or punished. For example, "Big boys don't cry, Alex" suggests to kids that mature kids don't cry. Even when their families discourage traditional gender-typing, children organize themselves into "boy worlds" and "girl worlds," each guided by rules for what boys and girls do.
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  1. Myers, D (2004). Psychology . New York City, New York: Worth Publisher
  2. (2009, July 28). Social learning theory. Retrieved September 9, 2009, from Wikipedia Web site: 'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_learning_theory'
  3. Spencer, J (2009, July 27). Social learning theory. Retrieved September 9, 2009, from Youtube Web site: 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlZeHteAGh4&feature=PlayList&p=7A7F3DC62294CBD6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=35'
  4. Poonwilas, K (1999). Social learning theory. Retrieved September 9, 2009, from Online Learnig Laboratory Web site: 'http://www.southalabama.edu/oll/mobile/theory_workbook/social_learning_theory.htm'


Edited by: Julia
Date of last edit: September 10, 2009