In ONE short paragraph, 'explain' how Albert Bandura's, Dorothy Ross' and Sheila Ross' (1961) psychological research (linked below) has been ...?In...

In ONE short paragraph, 'explain' how Albert Bandura's, Dorothy Ross' and Sheila Ross' (1961) psychological research (linked below) has been ...?

In ONE short paragraph, 'explain' how Albert Bandura's, Dorothy Ross' and Sheila Ross' (1961) psychological research (linked below) has been used to understand 'murder'?

Include (in the ONE short paragraph):-

 

·          An explanation of their psychological research (linked below).

 

·          Also, refer to the research methods used, and how these enhance the understanding of 'murder'.

Albert Bandura's, Dorothy Ross' and Sheila Ross' (1961) psychological research -

http://www.holah.karoo.net/bandurastudy.htm

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Their psychological research was based on a "matched pairs design" model. They observed children from very early childhood on to correctly match participants and be able to divide their control and experimental groups into violent males/non violent males and violent/non violent females.  Each group would have a model of aggressive behavior. Bandura, Ross, and Ross (as social learning theorists) claimed that the children who observed the aggressive behavior and were naturally non-violent might imitate the behavior. The findings showed that the male aggressive model was more prone to be imitated than the aggressive female model. The assumption here is that women are not seen as capable of aggressive behavior as males are. Also, the imitations are often of the verbal kind. However, the study also showed that some violent or aggressive behaviors coming from the children were not imitations, but actual behaviors that they initiated. Hence, it is conclusive that violence and murder, aggression and crime are behaviors that are both inherited and that can be learned with sufficient exposure and consistent stimulus.