Bobo doll experiment, groundbreaking study on aggression led by psychologist Albert Bandura that demonstrated that children are able to learn through the. Albert Bandura’s influential Bobo doll experiments reveal how children imitate TV violence and the behavior of others. In , children in APS Fellow Albert Bandura’s laboratory Faye notes that the Bobo doll experiments were also influential outside of the.

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The children in the model punished group had learned the aggression by observational learning, but did not imitate it because they expected negative a,bert.

The Bobo Doll Experiment was performed in by Albert Bandura, to try and add credence to his belief that all human behavior was learned, through social imitation and copying, rather than inherited through genetic factors. The next stage of the Bobo Epxeriment Experiment was to take the subject into another room, which was filled with interesting toys.

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Subject shoots darts or aims the guns and fires imaginary shots at objects in the room. Although it is unlikely, we can never be certain. Television and Social Learning pp. Results showed that the children who had been exposed to the aggressive behavior, whether real-life, on film or cartoon, exhibited nearly twice as much aggressive behavior as the exxperiment group.

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Their findings, as well as informal observation, suggest that parents reward imitation of sex appropriate behavior and discourage or punish sex inappropriate imitative responses, e. The development of aggressive modes of response by children of aggressively punitive adults, however, may simply reflect object displacement without involving any such mechanism of defensive identification. No sex differences were found in respect to the subjects [ sic ] use of the other stimulus objects, i.

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Bandura and Bobo

The experimental room contained a variety of toys including some that could be used in imitative or nonimitative aggression, and others that tended to elicit predominantly nonaggressive forms of behavior. These experiments are important because they sparked many more studies on the effects of observational learning. Influence of models’ reinforcement contingencies on the acquisition of imitative responses.


The latter two groups, on the other hand, did not differ from each other. These trends together with the finding that boys in relation to girls are in general more imitative of physical aggression but do not differ in imitation of verbal aggression, suggest that subjects may be differentially affected by the sex of the model but that predictions must take into account tie degree to which the behavior in question is sex-typed.

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To the extent that observation of adult models displaying aggression communicates permissiveness for aggressive behavior, such exposure may serve to weaken inhibitory responses and thereby to increase the probability of aggressive reactions to subsequent frustrations.

It was clearly evident, however, particularly from boys’ spontaneous remarks about the display of aggression by the alberg model, that some subjects at least were responding in terms of a sex discrimination and their prior experimdnt about what is sex appropriate behavior e.

This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Imitation of physical aggression: When exposed to aggressive male experriment, the number of aggressive instances exhibited by boys averaged compared to GAM specifically focuses on how we develop aggressive attitudes from exposure to violent media depictions and how it relates to aggressive behavior.

Want to stay up to date? US Government Printing Office. It was also found that boys exhibited more overall aggression than girls.

This was done to build up frustration in the child.

On the ex;eriment hand, the group who saw the model being rewarded for his violent actions responded with aggressive actions too when presented with a similar situation. This, of course, is quite unlike ‘normal’ modeling, which often takes place within the family.

Children who were exposed to a non-aggressive adult or no model at all had far less aggression toward Bobo.

The Bobo Doll Experiment

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There were a few criticisms of the experiment; the Bobo doll springs back upright when it is hit and there is a strong possibility that the children saw it as a game rather than anything else. Per Sodersten October 1, hobo Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Standardized procedures and instructions were used, allowing for replicability.


The subjects were 36 boys and 36 girls enrolled in the Stanford University Nursery’ Alberrt.

Bandura conducted a study to investigate if social behaviors i. Children, who witnessed the model being punished for aggressive behavior, were much less likely to follow suit. Much current research on social learning is focused on the shaping of new behavior through rewarding and punishing consequences.

Dol was not confined to the model’s aggressive responses. The researchers observed the children and noted any interaction with the Bobo doll.

In, Learning theory and personality dynamics. The number of imitative verbal aggressions exhibited by the boys was 17 times and Child psychologythe study of the psychological processes of children and, specifically, how these processes differ from those of adults, how they develop from birth to the end of adolescence, and how and why they differ from one child to the next.

How can the Bobo experiment be a critique of behaviorism? Imitative learning can be clearly demonstrated if a model performs sufficiently novel patterns of responses which are unlikely to occur independently of the observation of the behavior of a model and if a subject boobo these behaviors in substantially identical form.

With the exception of expected sex differences, Lindquist Type III analyses of variance of the nonaggressive response scores yielded few significant differences.

With such snap shot studies, we cannot discover if such a single exposure can have long-term effects. The child was then taken into yet another room filled with interesting toys, some of an aggressive type, some non-aggressive; the room banduda contained the Bobo doll and the mallet. Children cannot learn from watching unless they have experience, can they?