From Wikipedia: The Bobo doll experiment was conducted by Albert Bandura in 1961 and studied patterns of behaviour associated with aggression. Additional studies of this type were conducted by Bandura in 1963 and 1965. A Bobo doll is an inflatable toy that is approximately the same size as a prepubescent child. This experiment is important to psychology because it was a precedent that sparked many more studies about the effects of viewing violence on children. For details, click here. For another post about Albert Bandura’s research, see “The Need for a Situationist Morality.”
The Bandura study, and maybe more importantly, Social Learning Theory in general is such an important study that I think all need to be aware of. Luckily in the UK it is an important part of the colleges specifications when teaching psychology classes. One video that I always use when introducing the topic is called ‘Children See, Children Do’ which is a powerful illustration of the theory in practice.