Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection / Edition 1

Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection / Edition 1

by Deborah Blum
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0738202789

ISBN-13: 9780738202785

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books

We take it for granted today that babies need love. But less than a century ago, psychologists warned women against showing their children "too much affection"-predicting dire consequences ranging from deadly disease to sexual dysfunction in adulthood. The story of how this conventional wisdom was finally shattered takes us into the life and the laboratory of Harry

Overview

We take it for granted today that babies need love. But less than a century ago, psychologists warned women against showing their children "too much affection"-predicting dire consequences ranging from deadly disease to sexual dysfunction in adulthood. The story of how this conventional wisdom was finally shattered takes us into the life and the laboratory of Harry Harlow-workaholic, alcoholic, brilliant and brave, capable of caustic wit and cruelty-and into an era in which the scientific establishment was just beginning to understand the power of human emotion.

Author Biography: Deborah Blum won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her writing and reporting about primate experiments and ethics, a subject that she further explored in her first book, The Monkey Wars. Her second book, Sex on the Brain, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1997. Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, and president-elect of the National Association of Science Writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738202785
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceIX
AcknowledgmentsXIII
Prologue: Love, Airborne1
1The Invention of Harry Harlow7
2Untouched by Human Hands31
3The Alpha Male61
4The Curiosity Box89
5The Nature of Love113
6The Perfect Mother143
7Chains of Love171
8The Baby in the Box207
9Cold Hearts and Warm Shoulders231
10Love Lessons257
Epilogue: Extreme Love291
Notes309
Index327

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