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The Nature of Love
Transcript of The Nature of Love
Love is a wondrous state, deep, tender, and rewarding. Because of its intimate and personal nature it is regarded by some as an improper topic for experimental research. But, whatever our personal feelings may be, our assigned mission as psychologist is to analyze all facets of human and animal behavior into their component variables.So far as love or affection is concerned, psychologists have failed in their mission. "
The Nature of Love
Harry F. Harlow (1958)
Food, water and love
In the absence of mothers monkeys became more attached to the cloth pads.
Monkeys raised in cages with no pads had very little change of surviving for more than five days.
Does babies love mothers only for their milk , or because they provide warmth and affection too?
Cloths and wire moms
What matter to babies is the bodily contact "mother's love"
Frequent physical contact between baby and mother is important since the loving bond seemed so vital for survival.
Love is blind
Once a bond was formed was really difficult to been forgotten
What matters us growing happy is the close connection we found with our mothers and not the way that they look like or the way that they treat us.
Babies need only a basic mother figure to grow up healthy and happy.
Harry Harlow was born on October 31, 1905 in Fairfield, Iowa.
He died on December 6, 1981 in Tuscan, Arizona.
Harlow attended Stanford in 1924
Notable awards :
National Medal of Science (1967)
Gold Medal from American Psychological Foundation (1973)
Howard Crosby Warren Medal (1956)
Physical contact is important