Social Learning Theory:
understanding social behavior by focusing on how individual imitate the actions of others to model their own behavior.
72 children (36 girls/36 boys) from Stanford University nursery. Aged 37-69 months (3-6 years). 24 were in a control group, 48 were in conditions 1 + 2
Sex of child; sex of model; and behavior of model.
Behavioral response from child.
Split into 3 stages in order to achieve aggression arousal.
Stage 2: Aggression Arousal
The children are taken to a separate room to play with shiny new toys. After a while, the child is told that the toys are special and for the other children.
Observing adult models acting aggressively has the effect of weakening aggressive inhibitors in children, therefore making aggressive behavior more likely.