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Modelling in psychology is:

  1. a method used in certain techniques of psychotherapy whereby the client learns by imitation alone, without any specific verbal direction by the therapist (See Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and
  2. a general process in which persons serve as models for others, exhibiting the behavior to be imitated by the others[1][2] This process is most commonly discussed with respect to children in developmental psychology.

Confusingly, the word refers both to the behavior of the learner and the teacher.

Modelling is an important component of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), which field has further developed specialized techniques involving modelling. (See NLP modelling.)

See also


  1. VandenBoss, Gary (2006) APA Dictionary of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
  2. Westen, D., Burton, L. & Kowalski, R. (2006) Psychology: Australian and New Zealand Edition. Milton, QLD. John Wiley and Sons.

ko:모델링 (사회 인지 이론)

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