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Observational learning refers to simple learning that occurs as a function of observing, retaining and replicating certain behaviors observed in superiors or figures they relate to. There are four processes to observational learning;

  1. Attention to the model
  2. Retention of details
  3. Motor reproduction
  4. Opportunity

This method of learning is primarily prevalent in the younger years of development, when authority becomes important in a child's life. Also see Albert Bandura.

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