Explanations of attachment

what does learning theory assume about infants?
They are born as blank slates
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who supports learning theory?
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what is ithe UCS in this theory?
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what might be the neutral stimuli?
anything present at the time of feeding = the mother, her chair, the bottle, etc...
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what is a drive?
something that motivates bhehvoiour
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when an animal is uncomfortable what does it do?
create a drive to reduce discomfort: drive reduction theory
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What type of reinforcement ooccurs when an infant is fed?
positive reinforcement as it increases comfort and replaces hunger with pleasure
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SLT can also explain attachment, how?
Hay and Vespo (1988) proposed children observe and imitate their parents displays of affection. Children are also instructed what is apropriate behaviour for relationships and are rewarded with hugs and kisses
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E1: How do behaviorists argue that animal studies can be genrilised?
We are built on the same building blocks of stimulus and response
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E1: why do some psychologists beleive attachment is more complex than is portrayed by learning theory
the animal studies upon which the research is based is hard to accfept as attachment is a complex behavior difficult to explain with just stimulus and response.
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E2: what evidnence exists to show that feeding is NOTthe main basis of attachment?
Harlow's monkeys preferred the cloth over the wire mother. This was supported by Schaffer and Emerson
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E3: are there any benefits to the learning theory of attachment?
infants do learn through association and reinforcement but it might be that attantion and responsivness of the caregiver, not food are the primer reinforcers.
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