Attchment - A01 & A02 - Dollar Miller (1950)

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What did Dollar Miller (1950) study?
Operant conditioning
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What did Dollar Miller (1950) do?
Offered an explanation of attachment based on operant conditioning.
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What did Dollar Miller (1950) find?
Suggested that an infant eventually associates the person feeding the them with food, pleasure and reward.
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What does this suggest/show?
That attachment occurs because the child seeks the person who can supply the reward.
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A limitation to the learning theory
Lacks validity - The learning theory (based on operant and classical conditioning) is lagey based on studies with non-human animals. Human behaviour may be different to what an animals behaviour would be toward something.
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What does this limitation suggest/show about the learning theory?
That the studies done on learning theory may not be accurate.
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A second limitation to the learning theory
Food isn't the most important thing for attachment. Schaffer and Emerson (1964) studies 60 babies for a year and found that infants were not most attached to the person who fed them but to the person who was most responsive & interacted with them.
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What does Schaffer and Emerson (1964 limitation to the learning theory suggest/show?
That food isn't the most important thing for atachment but responsiveness and inter activeness is.
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