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    When Max was born, his mother gave up work to stay at home and look after him. Max’s dad works long hours and does not have much to do with the day-by-day care of his son. Max is now nine moths old and he seems to have a very close bond with his mother.
    Use learning theory to explain how Max became attached to his mother rather than to his father. (6 marks) someone help me to answer this

    Think about behaviourism - classical conditioning particularly.

    Associations between stimuli (i.e. between people and other positive stimuli)

    Baby now associates mum with play/food. Play/food gives child happiness/pleasure so mum is associated with the same feeling (classical conditioning)

    Play/foodmum gives baby pleasure (positive reinforcement) or it takes away discomfort (negative)

    Both conditioning types give mum a pleasurable association and because dad is not there to feed/play, there is no pleasurable association or reinforcement with dad and so dad and baby have a weaker bond than mum
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