Social Cognitive Theory: How We Learn From the Behavior of Others

Social cognitive theory is a learning theory developed by the renowned Stanford psychology professor Albert Bandura. The theory provides a framework for understanding how people actively shape and are shaped by their environment. In particular, the theory details the processes of observational learning and modeling, and the influence of self-efficacy on the production of behavior.

Key Takeaways: Social Cognitive Theory

Social cognitive theory was developed by Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura.
The theory views people as active agents who both influence and are influenced by their environment.

A major component of the theory is observational learning: the process of learning desirable and undesirable behaviors by observing others, then reproducing learned behaviors in order to maximize rewards.
Individuals’ beliefs in their own self-efficacy influences whether or not they will reproduce an observed behavior


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