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Albert Bandura's Social-cognitive learning theory is seen as an aplication and refinement of the classical learning theory that dominated psychology. Bandura drew attention to oberservation learning (vicarious learning).

Can you help me describe how "vicarious learning" occurs? Also,, help me understand what are some of the things that determine whether or not a learned behaivor is actually performed. Can you give an example of vicarious learning in personality development?

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The social learning theory is an aspect of cognitive theories focused on an interactionist approach to personality. For example, a person could be conditioned or reinforced whenever a particular drive is reduced. Many of the re-enforcers are social in nature coming from people and in the social environment. Bandura (1971) postulated in introducing his theory of learning that cognitive variables were involved in vicarious learning. Vicarious learning is described as behavior that takes place by observing others, and then modeling the behavior. According to Masia & Chase (1997) vicarious learning is based on three phenomena: (a) imitating behaviors without reinforcement, (b) imitation that occurs after a long delay following the modeling, and (c) a greater change that positive ...

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This solution discusses Albert Bandura's Social-cognitive learning theory.