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Albert Bandura was born on December 4 1925 in the province of Alberta Canada His parents were Polish wheat farmers He went to a small high school with only 20 students and 2 teachers In 1949 Bandura received his BA from the University of British Columbia Bandura then went on to the University of Iowa where he obtained his doctorate in 1952 Upon graduation Bandura did a clinical internship at the Wichita Kansas Guidance Center The following year in 1953 Bandura accepted a teaching position at Stanford where he continues to teach today While at the University of Iowa Banduras interests in learning and behaviorism began to grow Bandura has done a great deal of work on social learning throughout his career and is famous for his Social Learning Theory which he has recently renamed Social Cognitive Theory Bandura is seen by many as a cognitive psychologist because of his focus on motivational factors and self-regulatory mechanisms that contribute to a persons behavior rather than just environmental factors This focus on cognition is what differentiates social cognitive theory from Skinners purely behavioristic viewpoint Albert Bandura focuses on the acquisition of behaviors He believes that people acquire behaviors through the observation of others then imitate what they have observed Several studies involving television commercials and videos containing violent scenes have supported this theory of modeling In 1986 Bandura wrote Social Foundations of Thought and Action which provides a framework of his social cognitive theory In addition he has written many articles and a total of nine books on various topics in psychology Bandura has made important contributions to the field of psychology as seen in the many honors and awards he has received Bandura has received several honorary degrees from universities all over the world This year 1998 he will receive the Thorndike Award for Distinguished Contributions of Psychology to Education from the American Psychological Association Theory Bandura has conducted
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