Sample Psychology Paper on Bandura Theory

According to Bandura, humans are a product of learning and have the capacity to use
symbolization which will allow translation of a brief experience into a guide for future action.
Bandura’s internal cognitive description is a self-influence exercise. There are three major self-
regulative operations: behavioral self-monitoring, cause of the behavior and the outcome of the
behavior; behavioral judgment in accordance to personal standards, and the emotional self-
reaction, and Self-influence basis on moral conduct which may be affected by social factors.
Forethoughts and beliefs determine human behaviors, forming goals on what people expect to
do, and plan on the outcome. This process helps individuals motivate themselves in things they
anticipate to do. Individuals control their feelings and thoughts using self-reactive and self-
reflective capabilities.
Self –monitoring of one’s behavior: in this process we control our own behavior by
modifying our behavior and observing our own performances according to the environmental
factors. We pay more attention to behavior originality and the manner in which it affected us. It
may be social status or morality behavior. The judgment process is an evaluation of our
behavior, we can use personal standards to evaluate behavior performance without comparing
ourselves to others and we can also use standard reference by comparing our performances to
other people who we may think motivate us in one way or another. Judgments are determined by
the value we place our skills on. In emotional self-reaction, we are driven by self-reinforcements
and self-punishment depending on the nature of our behavior. Self-influence is determined by
self-standard violation.


For example in observation learning we watch someone perform a behavior and observe if they
are reinforced or punished from that behavior. If rewarded, you will be able to get that behavior
as your future model. A child is more likely to model a grown up and so does a subordinate
models his/her manager. Another instance is through enactive learning which occurs when we
personally perform behaviors and then observe the consequences connected to the behavior. The
consequences might result from; motivating future behavior, reinforcing present behavior and
giving information. Jane wants to improve on her cooking habits; she frequently watches online
video recipes that have brought a great impact on her.
In our own judgment of self-efficacy we have the capability to believe in our intuitive abilities,
valuing our cognitive strengths and overcome obstacles that may hinder us from exploiting our



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