I am not really going to keep you behind at lunch! However what behaviours was a trying to reinforce? How was I doing this?
Isa theory put forward by Skinner. This is the idea that we learn through experiencing rewards and punishments. So each time you do something that results in a pleasant consequence the behaviour is reinforced. More likely then to repeat the behaviour. It works the same way if you do something that results in an unpleasant consequence.
Dollard and Miller (1950) offer an explanation based on operant conditioning. Suggests that when infant feels hungry they feel uncomfortable. When the infant is fed a feeling of pleasure is produced. This feeling of pleasure is rewarding. Food is then the primary reinforcer because it ‘stamps in’ the behaviour to avoid discomfort.
Thenext stage brings in elements of classical conditioning. How do you think? The caregiver is a secondary reinforcer and becomes a source of reward in their own right. Attachment occurs because the child seeks the person who can supply the reward.
You are a psychologist that works for a mothering magazine. Answer the problem/ questions this Mother has written in with. Useoperant conditioning to base your answer/advice on.
Criticsrefer to it as a ‘cupboard love theory’. What do you think this might mean? • It suggests that attachment is based solely on the provision of food.
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