Explanations of attachment: Learning theory

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What is learning theory?
All behaviours are learned rather than inherited
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What is classical conditioning?
New conditioned response learned through association learned through a neutral stimulus and an unconditioned stimulus
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Stimulus of classical conditioning
Food UCS - pleasure UCR. Mum NS - No response. NS + UCS paired. NS is now CS - pleasure CR
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What is operant conditioning ?
The reduction of discomfort created by hunger is rewarding so food becomes a primary reinforce, associated with mother who becomes secondary reinforcer
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Explain Operant conditioning?
Food becomes the primary reinforcer because it supplies the reward, i.e reinforces the behaviour that avoids discomfort
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What is social learning?
Children model the parents attachment behaviours
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EVALUATION: Learning theory is based on research with animals
Animal studies lack external validity because they are not humans
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