Evaluation of developmental approach

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  • Evaluation of developmental approach
    • Role of learning.
      • Emphasises the role of learning.
      • Evidence of how food preferences are learned during childhood e.g. Birch et al.
      • Social learning theory and associative learning have found to increase preference to certain foods (Birch).
    • Controlled research environment.
      • Enables alternative explanations to be excluded.
      • Can establish cause and effect.
      • cause = environment. Effect = food preference.
    • Lacks mundane realism - not real foods. Ignores other factors that are involved like mood and health .
    • Lacks ecological validity, only sees food as positive or negative and is reductionist.


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