Albert Bandura's Bobo Doll
Bobo doll


Albert Bandura/ Bobo Doll Experiment


Large Standing Doll


Causes people to reciprocate behaviours acted out on the clown


Affected will be unable to resist these patterns


Watching someone act upon the doll

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

November 1, 2013



Albert Bandura is a psychologist at Stanford University who conducted research into social interaction, personality and behavior. Several of his theories were put to the test in the famous Bobo Doll experiment. He brought three separate groups of children in the room with a bobo doll, a large standing doll that gets back up when it is knocked down. Each was then exposed to an adult who lightly knocked over the doll, an adult that yelled while punching it with a hammer and no adult at all. The research suggested that children would model their behavior on what they had seen others do before, as those exposed to aggression had a higher affinity for beating the doll than the other groups. Bandura’s experiment helped prove that people culminated their behaviors by imitating others, especially at an early age.


Initial activation requires a person to interact with the doll, such as moving or speaking to it. Another person must then see this event occur either in person or as a recording. The viewer will then be compelled to follow the actions seen, sometimes treating the doll as a person or vice-versa. Those who copy the actions can sometimes fall under the command of the original activator, who can further manipulate subjects by affecting the doll. Any new actions committed on the doll doesn’t erase earlier ones but insteads compounds them further.


The doll was found by vain Eureka scientist Isaac Parrish, who created a device to amplify its effects. He had nearly the whole town entranced under his service, but the doll was safely neutralized and collected. The town members were given a thorough and non-invasive medical check and had their collective memories of the event obscured. Doctor Parrish on the other hand was still considered in pursuit of other artifacts and was immediately Bronzed under Regent jurisdiction.

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