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Feral Children

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Allyse Arucan

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of Feral Children

"Feral?" Feral Children Raised by Animals Case Studies Breakthroughs Anthropology Feral cases expose something very interesting. Tippi Degré Define:"Feral" Characteristics Latin: fera = wild animal
existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated Wild
Flattened affect
Indifferent to temperature
Animal Behavior
Poor motor skills THE FERAL CHILD... Allyse Arucan Outline 1. "Feral"
2. Case Studies
3. Breakthroughs Define: "Feral Child" Human child who has lived in isolation from human contact
Lost/Abandoned by parents
Unaware of human social behavior
Unexposed to human language Classes AND Subdivided into 3 classes: Isolated Children
"Peter the Wild Boy" 3. Children Raised by Animals Confined Children
Genie Mowgli Syndrome Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book - Character: Mowgli
Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty - Other Peoples’ Myths: The Cave of Echoes
Mythological figures who succeed in bridging the animal and human worlds to become one with nature
"HUMAN ANIMAL" - Not completely animal yet not entirely human.
Seen in feral children raised by animals What do they reveal about universal child development? What do they reveal about different cultures’ attitudes and actions? How much can humans physically adapt to extreme environments? What is the biological and psychological impact of growing up in isolation from other humans? ??? ??? Real life "Mowgli"
Parents: Wildlife Photographers
Traveled extensively through Africa
Born and raised until the age of ten totally in the wild
Befriended wild animals Combination of confinement and raised by animals
Raised in virtual aviary
Communicates by chirping and flapping arms
Treated like another pet by mother Prava - "Bird Boy" Oxana Malaya Found at age of 8
Lived among dogs
Exhibited dog-like traits: barking, walking on all fours, howling, sniffing, digging talks like an animal
is covered in hair, with long claw-like nails, sharp teeth, and staring eyes
won't eat cooked food and prefer raw meat and fruit
scampers like animals, climb trees, and have "night vision" The comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development. The Critical Period Hypothesis
(Lenneberg, 1967) Before age 2, language acquisition is not possible because the brain is not sufficiently mature
After puberty, natural language acquisition is not obtainable because the brain is physiologically mature, but the lateralization of all higher mental functions is complete and cerebral plasticity is lost
In order to acquire language, there are two necessary requirements:
1. a human brain
2. sufficient exposure to language during this critical period between the age of 2 years and puberty NATURE VS. NURTURE DEBATE ZE END Thank you!
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