Humans are a complex species, fully individual and singular in body, yet seemingly a united carbon copy reflecting all of the information which it has gathered up to this point in life. Human behaviors are rooted in causes that lie beyond their mental awareness. People tend to pick these behaviors up from parents, family members, friends, caregivers and media outlets. These behaviors shape the human mind and alter the individual’s personality. Modeling uses the mental processes of memory, attention, and motivation, helping to bridge the ideas of cognitive learning and behaviorist theories. Bandura’s Social Learning Theory suggests that people learn from observing and modeling other people. “Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others, one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” (Bandura). Social learning theory and other behaviorist theories provides and deeper look into the human mind and provides pertinent details about human behavior as people engage in uninterrupted mutual interaction between each other in every area of life.
Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy: The exercise of control. New York: W.H. Freeman.