Attachment & Learning Theory (Dollard & Miller)
Dollard & Miller
Attachment is a set of learned behaviours ie results from experiences of the enviroment.
Infant learns to assosiate feeding/ comfort with primary care giver/mother.
Mother acquires comforting properties by assosiation- e.g, being fed = pleasure.
Infant learns that crying, smiling brings posotive responce from adults (posotive reinforcement)
Adult learns that responding to cries ect brings relief from noise.
Dollard & Miller proposed a further adaption of the learning theory account of attachment.
- They suggest that when hungry, the human infant feels uncomfortable and expeirence a drive state.
- This motivates the baby to find a way to lesson the discomfort of being hungry.
- The person who supplies the food becomes a secondary reinforcment
- The child will form attachments on the basis…