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Love at Goon Park by Deborah Blum
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Jan 26, 2009

it was amazing

Describes the profound research that Harry Harlow conducted at the University of Wisconsin. Harry Harlow's research is on separation and loss as it relates to humans, mothers and their babies, although the research is conducted on monkeys. He makes up dummy mother monkeys which the babies gravitate to when they lose their mother. This is a somewhat "cruel" experiment with profound results. This biography talks also about the relationship of the research to Freud and B.F. Skinner. Notably, Abraham Maslow was one of Harlow's graduate students. I learned a lot about the mother relationship and 20th century psychology research. Also Deborah Blum writes a very readable biography of Harlow. Ironically, Harry Harlow spent so much time on his research that he neglected his children.

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