Evaluation of learning theory: classical and operant conditioning

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  • Created on: 22-01-18 19:09

Strength: learning theory can be applied to more than just food
Learning theory can be used to explain attachment, but in a different wait. Association between the primary caregiver and the comfort they provide could be what builds attachment. This means that learning theory can be applied to more than just food - the caregiver can give positive reinforcement through comfort, etc. This suggests learning theory is broader than it first seems and can be consistent with other research studies

Weakness - animal studies do not support this theory - Harlow and Lorenz
Harlow's monkeys became attached to the soft surrogate mother rather than the mother that dispensed milk; Lorenz' geese imprinted before they were fed and maintained…

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