Observational Learning

  1. Observational learning is learning that occurs through observing the behavior of others. It is a form of social learning which takes various forms, based on various processes.

  2. The mirror neurons can be activated only after the goal of the observed action has been attributed by other brain structures.

    Neonatal (newborn) macaque imitating facial expressions.

  3. Albert Bandura is known as the originator of social learning theory and the theoretical construct of self-efficacy.
  4. A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another.