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Social Learning
Social learning

Within the discipline of psychology, there are several explanations for the process by which humans and other organisms learn. Social learning, or observational learning, is the type of learning that occurs when we acquire new behaviors, or increase the performance of previously learned behaviors, by observing others. At first glance, the topic of social learning may appear so simplistic and logical that it does not require further exploration. After all, who would disagree that we learn many behaviors and skills by observing another person perform them? As we will discover, however, the process of social learning is complex and influenced by a number of factors.

The goal of this chapter is to build a basic understanding of social learning theory. In order to ...

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