Harlow And Rhesus Monkeys

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Harlow’s experiment i Attachment in Rhesus Monkeys Harlow’s experiment ii Abstract In the past 30 years, the work of Harry Harlow using rhesus monkeys while researching learning was criticized for the cruelty imposed onto animals. He noticed that many young monkeys kept in isolation became distressed when he cleaned out their cages. From there, he went onto researching attachment issues, providing the baby monkeys with surrogate mothers and observing their behavior. While most agree that he contributed to the science of early bonding and perhaps the keys to love, criticism revolves around the issue of using animals for research. This paper examines Harlow’s life and his advances in early development research. The paper points out a parallel between Harlow’s life and his research studies at the primate lab of Wisconsin University. In addition, it touches on the issue of using animals for research in human behavior, and how thirty years later, research is still being conducted using animals and human beings, and the need for a comprehensive solution that combines educational, behavioral, and policy-making to this complex issue. Harlow’s experiment 1 Attachment in Rhesus Monkeys The issue of animal research and its relevance in psychiatry could – on superficial analysis- bear little resemblance to human behavior. Harry Harlow’s work with rhesus monkeys revolutionized our understanding of human development and he deserves all the credit for providing the basis for ongoing studies of early experience. This paper will weave together the biography and the development of science in the affection or love, which has been shed major light by Harlow’s work with surrogates. Harlow’s life Harry F. Harlow was an American Psychologist, with a BA and PhD. in Psychology from Stanford University. He conducted studies of

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