What is Observational Conditioning?

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What is Observational Conditioning?

Here is another type of learning that stresses that behavior can be learnt by observing the behavior of someone else, provided that the observed behavior is rewarded. An example from personal experience; As a child, after watching cartoon series Popeye the Sailor Man (eating spinach gives him super-powers), I, too, started eating spinach. It was later found that spinach consumption was greatly increased among children in the United States. In Food Dudes, the children watch the Food Dudes getting super powers by eating fruits, and that behavior is rewarded they become good super-heroes so, the children, too, copy that behavior with hopes of getting rewarded and they do get rewarded by getting Food Dude stickers, pens and erasers.

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Basic Psychiatry

1. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM IV)
2. Organic Disorders
3. Major Depressive Disorder vs Dysthymic Disorder
4. What is Classical Conditioning?
5. What is Observational Conditioning?
6. What is Operant Conditioning?
7. How to break bad news to a patient
8. What is Dementia?
9. What is Normal Aging?
10. Factors Promoting Poor Prognosis in Schizophrenia
11. Factors Promoting Good Prognosis in Schizophrenia

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