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Albert Bandura OC
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Born December 4, 1925 (1925-12-04) (age 94)
Mundare, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian/American
Alma mater University of British Columbia
University of Iowa
Known for Social cognitive theory
Self-efficacy
Social learning theory
Bobo doll experiment
Human agency
Reciprocal determinism
Scientific career
Fields Psychology, Philosophy of Action
Institutions Stanford University
Influences Robert Sears, Clark Hull, Kenneth Spence, Arthur Benton. Neal Miller
Influenced Cognitive psychology, Social psychology

Albert Bandura; (born December 4, 1925) is a Canadian-American psychologist who is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University.

Bandura has been 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, and as the most cited living one. Bandura is widely described as the greatest living psychologist, and as one of the most influential psychologists of all time.

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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