ICICP 2024 July, 24 – 28

ICICP 2024 July, 24 – 28

The 12th International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology (THE 12TH ICICP)


Organized by Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta in Collaburation With International Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology


Albert Bandura and Barack Obama

Albert Bandura is the fourth most cited researcher in Psychology (2002), Humanities (2009), Google Scholar (2017), and first in Extremely Eminent Psychologist (2014). His landmark books include Social learning and personality development (1963), Self-efficacy: The exercise of control (1997), and Moral Disengagement: How good people do harm and live with themselves (2016). Just before he passed away in 2021, he completed Social Cognitive Theory: An Agentic Perspective on Human Nature (2023). He is recognized for his scientific contributions: National Academy of Medicine (1989), APA (1980, 2004), World Innovation Foundation (2004), Int. Union of Psychological Science (2012), Order of Canada (2015), the National Medal of Science (2016), and 19 Honorary Degrees. He considers his greatest achievement to be self-renewal (albertbandura.com).

Albert Bandura states that human agency and self-efficacy are not just abstract concepts, but a story of his life. He had a humble beginning, born in 1925 to immigrant Polish father and Ukrainian mother in a frontier town of Mundare, Alberta, where they turned heavily wooded land into a farm. When his father gave him a choice of becoming a farmer or pursuing higher education, he chose the latter and he used his carpentry skills to pay for his education. He discovered his passion and excelled in psychology at the University of British Columbia. At University of Iowa, he obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology and joined Stanford University in 1953. He became famous for the Bobo Doll experiment and introduced the Social Learning Theory. In his studies of patients with snake phobia, he found that through systematic modelling, they overcame their fear of snakes and that led to transformative agentic changes in their lives. This laid the foundation for the Social Cognitive Theory in which he pointed out the limitations of the biological, mechanical and deterministic theories of human nature. In the Social Cognitive Theory, human agency and self-efficacy central and through which people are able to transform their lives and society. He received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama, who also experienced transformative agentic changes in his life.