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Developmental Psychology Reading 17

Developmental Psychology Reading 17 - Caitlin McGowan PSY...

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Caitlin McGowan PSY 101 – Section E Professor Williams October 11, 2010 Developmental Psychology Reading 17 The general research question of interest Harry Harlow was that love and affection might be built-in basic needs that are just as strong or even stronger than those of hunger or thirst. He used eight infant monkeys in three experiments. The monkeys were randomly assigned into two separate groups. He wanted to test what would happen when the infant monkey was placed in a situation where the mother did not provide for all of the infants needs. The methodology Harlow used in his experiment was he built two substitutes of a mother’s body. The first one was made out of a smooth wood and it was covered in sponge rubber and terrycloth. It had a breast-like structure in the chest area, which delivered milk. The body had a light bulb inside of it so it would give off warmth. The second structure was made so it would provide less soft comfort. This one was the same size as the first structure but it was
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