Harlowresearch

Harlowresearch - One control group of neonatal monkeys was...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
One control group of neonatal monkeys was raised on a single wire mother, and a second control group was raised on a single cloth mother. There were no differences between these two groups in amount of milk ingested or in weight gain. The only difference between the two groups lay in the composition of the feces, the softer stools of the wire-mother infants suggesting psychosomatic involvement. The wire mother is biologically adequate but psychologically inept We were not surprised to discover that contact comfort was an important basic affectional or love variable, but we did not expect it to overshadow so completely the variable of nursing; indeed; indeed, the disparity is so great as to suggest that the primary function of nursing as an affectional variable is that of insuring frequent and intimate body contact of the infant with the mother. Certainly, man cannot live by milk alone. Love is an emotion that does not need to be bottle- or spoon-fed, and we may be sure that there is nothing to be gained by giving lip service to love. A charming lady once heard me describe these experiments and, when I subsequently talked to her, her
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Harvard.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online