What is the difference between the Social Cognitive Perspective and the Behavioral Perspective?
Only overt behaviors are investigated from a behavioral standpoint (i.e., behaviors that can be directly observed). While certain branches of this perspective admit the existence of covert behaviors, they argue that they are best studied in overt terms (i.e., stimulus, response, antecedents, consequences).
The social-cognitive viewpoint emphasizes the relevance of cognitive variables in describing the mind and behavior (e.g., attention, motivation, self-efficacy, and retention). It also considers observational learning to be one of the most important techniques of learning.