Albert Bandura

Cognitive Behaviorist

What is he famous for?

  • Bobo doll studies
  • Reciprocal determinism theory
  • Focus on adolescent aggression
  • Self-control therapy
  • Modeling therapy

How did his research affect psychological thought?

  • He was part of the "cognitive revolution"; he had huge impacts on personality theory and therapy
  • Observational learning

How did his research affect the average American and/or person?

  • Straight-forward style makes sense to most people
  • Helped with therapy solutions for phobias and trauma

How was his research affected by the time period he lived in?

  • Living in a small, remote town caused limited education as a child. This caused his independence and self-motivation later on
  • Lived through Great Depression, WW2, Vietnam War, etc.