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Social Learning Theory List and explain Aker’s four main concepts of Social Learning Theory. Aker’s Social Learning Theory has four main concepts to explain how people learn. These concepts are differential association, definitions, differential reinforcement, and imitations. His first concept, differential association, explains how we learn and act like the people around us. This helps to explain how the people around us influence our actions by what we see them, doing. The concept of definitions is important because how we define certain things as good or bad is dependent on how the people we associate ourselves with define them. Criminal behavior to one group could be acceptable behavior to another. Differential reinforcement is the reactions and responses we get from our groups. If crime and violence is rewarded by the
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Unformatted text preview: group, the message learned is that crime and violence are good, and so our behaviors reflect that. Aker’s last concept, imitation, refers to one’s learning by copying the actions and behaviors of those we are in close contact with. This is different from differential association in that wile differential association is observing and reflecting behaviors learned from the people around us, imitation is reflecting the behaviors of people we closely associate ourselves with. The theory suggests that an inferior person usually imitates the superior one. All of those concepts play a role in helping us understand how we learn from society and those around us....
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