Steve DeVore at age 3, sparring with
Heavy Weight Boxing Champion
Max Baer in Children's Hospital,
As a child DeVore
had polio. He was able to overcome its debilitating
effects through a physical therapy program based
on modeling—watching others walk and then
mentally replaying the images of walking in is
At age nineteen, DeVore utilized this modeling
method to master the Finnish language, the most
difficult language for English speakers to learn.
Later, while in college, he experienced the power
of modeling in athletics. After watching professional
bowling on television, DeVore went to a local
bowling alley, recalled the images and sensations
he saw and experienced from watching television,
and proceeded to bowl nine strikes in a row.
He shared his bowling experience with a psychology
professor. The professor explained that all human
skills and behavior are learned through observation
learning or modeling.