April 11, 2013 by sarahmortonisp
Social Psychologist Albert Bandura performed an experiment one year that has been dubbed the “Bobo Doll Experiment”. This experiment was designed to measure aggressive tendencies and observational learning in children. This video features a segment of Badura speaking about his experiment and some video footage of the experiment itself.
The experiment generally went like this: Bandura put a child in a room with a bobo doll, and it did not act aggressively toward it. Then he showed the child an adult beating the bobo doll. He put the child back in the room with the bobo doll, but the second time, the child beat the doll, as well. This experiment is the foundation for the modern principle that we learn by observation. Which is very important to keep in mind in a classroom.