3 GROUPS… One Group saw adult aggressive behavior (live) One Group saw the same adult aggressive behavior (in movie) One Group saw adult aggressive behavior (in cartoon) Every group copied behavior (less with cartoon) Some groups even added new behaviors Children who had never played with the Bobo doll were 5x more likely to imitate- Why?
1999 COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL Within 8 days every state (except Vermont) had copycat threats or incidents ---------------------------- Pennsylvania had 60
4- FACTORS OF SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY You must pay attention You must remember what you observed You must have the ability to produce the behavior You must be motivated to perform the behavior
UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS DO WE IMITATE PRO SOCIAL BEHAVIOR? Being mimicked! (As young as 18 months old) Increases empathy Increases “social glue” or “social capital” Increases affiliation/attachment