Learning Theory and Attachment

Learning theorists have stressed the importance of feeding as a primary drive-reducing reinforcement mechanism for the development of attachment to the mother as a learned process. The satisfaction of the primary drive of hunger results in a positive attachment to the mother through a secondary reinforcement in the feeding situation. A new development in learning theory appeared when Harry Harlow stated that oral gratification through feeding was not sufficient to develop attachment and affection when mannequin monkey mothers were used.

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