Learning theory summary

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  • Learning Theory
    • Critisisms
      • we do learn through conditioning, although food is not the only factor (attention and response is also important)
      • Harlow showed that food is less important than comfort
      • supported by Schaffer and Emerson (1964) who found infants so not necessarily attached to the adult who feeds them
      • Largely studied with animals (i.e.Harlow's monkeys)
    • All behaviour is learned
    • Classical conditioning- food produces pleasure. 'Feeder' associated with food,so also produces pleasure.
    • Both reduce discomfort and are rewarding
    • Operant conditioning- food is primary reinforcer. 'Feeder' becomes secondary reainforcer

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