Date: September 15, 2021
“The Bobo doll experiment is the name for a series of experiments performed by psychologist Albert Bandura to test his social learning theory.
Between 1961 and 1963, he studied the behaviour of children after they watched an adult model act aggressively towards a Bobo the clown doll.
The most famous version of the experiment measured the children’s behaviour after seeing an adult model rewarded, punished, or experience no consequence for physically attacking the Bobo doll.
The results of the experiment would be used as the justification of the anti video game movement of the 1980 and 1990s.
The study was considered controversial but not as bad as the Baby Albert study.”
There’s something inherently strange, about taking a well known toy that was created for aggressive and violent play [the Bobo doll], and expecting that a child’s interaction with it would be anything other than aggressive and violent.
Of course they’re going to punch, kick and shove around the doll…That’s explicitly what it was made for, and how it was marketed.
As I recall it…this toy was an acceptable method, of letting out your frustrations and hyper energy…That’s the point behind it’s very existence.