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Hi, I just need to know if this is a good 12 mark essay. I've just started college

According to learning theory, infants get attached to their primary caregiver through classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Classical conditioning, discovered by Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist, is a learning process that happens through associations between environmental stimulus and naturally occurring stimulus or in other words, conditioned stimulus being paired with unconditioned stimulus.

Ivan Pavlov researched dog’s digestion and noted the subject would salivate before delivery of food. He presented a variety of stimuli before presenting the food eventually finding out that the dog would salivate to the presence of the stimuli. This same research can be applied to human beings where the baby receives food (an unconditioned stimulus) and becomes happy (an unconditioned response) and the mother feeding her baby is the neutral stimulus. The baby will then experience the mother giving food, thus making it happy (a continuous process) which then makes the baby attached to the mother (conditioned stimulus) due to being happy (a conditioned response)

Operant conditioning suggests attachment as a reinforced response. For example, when a baby feels discomfort, it is fed therefore the baby will feel happy. Food is now the primary reinforce, the person feeding the baby will be associated with happiness and comfort and therefore become the secondary reinforce. Through this an attachment is formed.

There are studies that contradict Learning Theory. Harlow and Harlow (1962) introduced an experiment with two separate monkeys, one being covered in towelling with no food, the other with wire mesh and offering food. The study showed that the monkeys preferred the warmth of the towelled monkey rather than the wire mesh monkey, who they would run to when scared. This study shows that monkeys did not prefer the wire mesh monkey, which provided them food. Therefore, suggesting there is more to the study. However, this cannot be generalised to humans as humans are a lot more developed than monkeys.
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