Explanations of Attachment - Learning theory

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  • Created on: 28-12-12 18:46

Attachment behaviour is learnt through classical and operant conditioning - according to Dollard and MIller secondary drive test

classical conditioning (learning through association)- Ivan pavlov used his dog to come up with a scientific equation:

child gets pleasure by being fed: food UCS, pleasure UCR

child associates food with caregiver: primary caregiver NS, associated with food UCS

attachment learned, child gains pleasure when primary caregiver present: caregiver CS, food CR

operant conditioning (learning through consequence)-


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