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1. How do Bandura's and Rotter's social cognitive theories differ from biological theories of personality?
2. How do Milgram's results - particularly the finding that the remoteness of the victim affected obedience - relate to some aspects of modern warfare?
3. Can you think of situations when the egoistic model of altruism seems most likely correct? What about the empathy-altruism hypothesis?

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The social cognitive theories versus biological theories of personality are examined.

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Bandura is mostly recognized for his social learning theory, which states that models are very important to how we learn behaviors, and we often work to imitate others. Rotter's theory heavily emphasize the concept of the locus of control: that some believe that many things are within their control, while others believe that many events are outside of their control.

Contrast this to biological theories of personality, which basically state that aspects of personality are encoded within the blueprint that is our genetics. Personality ...

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