Someone walks over, introduces themselves and raises their hand out in front of you. How do you know what you’re supposed to do next?
If this were the first time you saw this behavior, you wouldn’t have a clue. If you were from an Eastern culture, you might go to bow toward this person; you know what to do because since childhood, you’ve observed many adults shaking hands.
Observational learning is a learning theory in psychology that describes how we learn by watching and imitating others.
In this article, we will look into what observational learning really is and how it helps you learn and grow.
What Is Observational Learning?
Children learn many of their behaviors and expressions through observation. We pick up things as fundamental as walking, playing, gestures, facial expressions, and body postures via observational learning.