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Albert Bandura

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Born (1925-12-04)December 4, 1925
Mundare, Alberta, Canada
Died July 26, 2021(2021-07-26) (aged 95)
Alma mater University of British Columbia
University of Iowa
Known for Social cognitive theory
Social learning theory
Bobo doll experiment
Human agency
Reciprocal determinism
Scientific career
Fields Psychology, developmental psychology
Institutions Stanford University
Influences Robert Sears, Clark Hull, Kenneth Spence, Arthur Benton. Neal Miller

Albert Bandura OC ( December 4, 1925 – July 26, 2021) was a Canadian-American psychologist who was the David Starr Jordan Professor in Psychology at Stanford University.

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 (renamed the social cognitive theory) 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. During his lifetime, Bandura was widely described as the greatest living psychologist, and as one of the most influential psychologists of all time.

Bandura died at his home in Stanford on July 26, 2021, from congestive heart failure, at the age of 95.

Sonny Fox, Bill Ryerson and Albert Bandura speaking at a Stanford Conference in 2018
Albert Bandura speaking on Social Learning Theory and Entertainment-Education at Stanford University in March 2015.
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