Albert Bandura

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Albert Bandura OC (/bænˈdʊərə/; December 4, 1925 – July 26, 2021) was a Canadian-American psychologist who was the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University.[1]

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Albert Bandura

Born(1925-12-04)December 4, 1925
Mundare, Alberta, Canada
DiedJuly 26, 2021(2021-07-26) (aged 95)
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
University of Iowa
Known forSocial cognitive theory
Social learning theory
Bobo doll experiment
Human agency
Reciprocal determinism
AwardsE. L. Thorndike Award (1999)
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, developmental psychology
InstitutionsStanford University
InfluencesRobert Sears, Clark Hull, Kenneth Spence, Arthur Benton. Neal Miller

Bandura was responsible for contributions to the field of education and to several fields of psychology, including social cognitive theory, therapy, and personality psychology, and was also of influence in the transition between behaviorism and cognitive psychology. He is known as the originator of social learning theory (also known as the social cognitive theory)[2] and the theoretical construct of self-efficacy, and is also responsible for the influential 1961 Bobo doll experiment. This Bobo doll experiment demonstrated the concept of observational learning.

A 2002 survey ranked Bandura as the fourth most-frequently cited psychologist of all time, behind B. F. Skinner, Sigmund Freud, and Jean Piaget.[3] During his lifetime, Bandura was widely described as the greatest living psychologist,[4][5][6][7] and as one of the most influential psychologists of all time.[8][9]