Social Learning and Cognition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125967501, 9781483276434

Social Learning and Cognition

1st Edition

Authors: Ted L. Rosenthal Barry J. Zimmerman
eBook ISBN: 9781483276434
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1978
Page Count: 352
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Social Learning and Cognition examines the cognitive mechanisms of social learning and the social learning determinants of cognitive competencies. The explanatory principles of social learning are applied to the highest manifestations of human intellect: judgment, language, and thought. The book also explicates a social learning perspective on the social origins of complex abilities, and how these progressively evolve as children grow older.

Comprised of four chapters, this book begins with a discussion on the interrelationships among cognition, behavior change, and social learning. Cognitive explanations for human behavior, and the kinds of evidence cited by cognitive theorists in support of their position, are considered, along with the major psychological theories that address abstract, rule-governed activities. The second chapter deals with children's acquisition and refinement of language, paying particular attention to the objections and misunderstandings raised by psycholinguists to counter modeling explanations of language learning. The third chapter examines relational judgments and categorical decisions and presents evidence showing that diverse modeling procedures can be powerful influences on language and verbal behavior. The final chapter summarizes and integrates research bearing upon the effect of modeling influences on a wide diversity of conceptual activities, ranging from the formation of simple concepts to elaborate intellectual demands that involve complex styles of reasoning and strategies for seeking and organizing information.

This monograph is intended for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals from such diverse fields as child development, social psychology, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology, education, and rehabilitation.

Table of Contents



1 Cognition, Behavior Change, and Social Learning

Cognitive Phenomena and Theories to Explain Them

The Origins of Observational Learning

Vicarious Learning and Cognitive Processes

2 Language and Verbal Behavior

Psycholinguistic Views of Modeling: Some Controversies and Rebuttals

Social Learning of Syntactic Constructions

The Operant Approach

Word Associates


3 Relational Judgments and Categorical Decisions


Moral Judgments and Behavior

Conservation and Related Judgments

Question Formation


4 Concept Attainment and Problem Solving

Observational Learning of Novel Behavior

Modeling, Overt Practice, and Interference

Structuring through Rules

Symbolic Processes

Conceptual Strategies and Styles


Author Index

Subject Index


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