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Behavioral system: In psychology, the behavioral system refers to the complex network of interactions between an individual's thoughts, emotions, and actions. See also Individuals, Behavior, Thoughts, Emotions, Actions.
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Mary Ainsworth on Behavioral System - Dictionary of Arguments

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Behavioral System/Ainsworth: Control systems theory in turn guided systematic observations of human infants in the village and home environment (Ainsworth, 1967)(1). It also led to the development of a laboratory paradigm that tested infants’ abilities to use their caregiver as a source of safety and base for exploration (Ainsworth, Blehar, Wall, & Waters, 1978)(2). The development of Ainsworth’s Strange Situation paradigm (>Situation/Ainsworth
) – in which infants’ responses to separation from, and subsequent reunion with, their mother, and their reactions to an unfamiliar woman were recorded – in turn became a paradigm for assessing individual differences in the security of infants’ relationships with their primary caregiver.
>Control processes, >Strange situation, >Stages of development.

1. Ainsworth, M. S. (1967). Infancy in Uganda. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
2. Ainsworth, M. D. S., Blehar, M. C., Waters, E., & Wall, S. (1978). Patterns of attachment: A psychological study of the strange situation. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Roger Kobak, “Attachment and Early Social deprivation. Revisiting Harlow’s Monkey Studies”, in: Alan M. Slater and Paul C. Quinn (eds.) 2012. Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: Sage Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Ainsworth, Mary
Slater I
Alan M. Slater
Paul C. Quinn
Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2012

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