Observational Learning in Animals

Learning in animals

Chimpanzees, apes, and other monkeys are able to learn through observation. Some younger chimps have learned to use tools from watching older ones use them. These traits are then passed down as time goes by. Other mammals also teach hurting techniques to their young by showing them. A pod of Killer Whales hunt seal by beaching themselves. The young ones watch. It takes years to perfect this technique. If they do not get it correct it could cost them their lives. They could end up becoming stranded on the shore.

Factors that increase learning

1 Reward for effort

2 Increase survival

3 Help win a mate

4 Improve status within a group

Source of Informatiom

1 Discovering Psychology

2 Britannica online

3 The verge online

4 National geographic. video online