• anonymous
How does attachment affect exploration? Be sure to include findings from both Harlow and Ainsworth in your response.
MIT 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology
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  • anonymous
In Harlow's experiments, the baby monkeys would be put into a strange new room and when they had their mothers present to which they were securely attached, they would explore the room with their mother standing by. Oppositely, the insecurely attached baby monkeys would be afraid in the strange new room and not explore much. In Ainsworth's Strange Situation, the securely attached children would explore the room confidently, just like the baby monkeys, when their mothers were standing by. Also, the insecurely attached children would not explore as readily as the securely attached children. Attachment effects exploration by giving the young one confidence that their mother isn't going to abandon them if they wonder around the room for a bit.

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