Monkey Love Analysis

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In chapter six Monkey Love, Harry Harlow experiment on monkeys to demonstrate the psychology of attachment. Harry was doing research on monkeys heart and head. While he was doing these research he realized that the infant macaques were separated from their mothers. The infant macaques got attached to terry cloth towels, they loved these towels. This is when Harlow questioned why the infant monkeys had an attachment to the towel. Harlow decided to experiment on these monkeys. He would take them away from their mothers and give them a cloth to see what the reaction was. Days past and the monkeys started acting like the cloth was their mother, by nippling, hanging, and doing other things. He discovered that an infant monkey cared more for a …show more content…
It is the nature of love that a baby has for their mother. Another experiment that Harry did on the infant monkeys was to take them away from the mother once it was born and was put in a cage with a blank face cloth mom.While they were in the procedure of making a mask for the cloth body , the infant got use to the blank face. Once the mask was ready and put on the body the reaction the the infant monkeys were scary. It yelled, screamed and would keep away from it when it had the mask on. The infant macaque prefered the faceless mother. Lauren Slater mentions, there is something more powerful and affirmative that he gave us the sure knowledge that our needs are more complex than a simple hunger we seek to connect , and care not for conventional beauty but for the loveliest face (140). He is proving that we have a love for our mother that cannot be …show more content…
Many people judge him for his experiments on these animals. They said that they were animal cruelty , because Harry mentioned that he didn 't like animals and didn 't care for them. But did people realize what was the outcome of these experiments. According to Robert Lickliter, “ His groundbreaking work clearly showed that maternal separation had a profound impact on subsequent, behavioral, social, and emotional development” (398). The separation of a mother changes you. I agree it would be a huge impact but why would it be an impact? It is because the love that a mother shares with its child is an unbreakable bond.

Slater mentions, Harlow had released research that effectively showed a cloth surrogate more important than a nursing mother, the surrogate mother could replace the nursing mother and the infants came to “love” them (143). The infants came to love them because the surrogate mothers became their mother figures. In many situation people don 't have their birth mothers, but have someone that can be consider their mother. They can be a stepmom, aunt, or close friend. We get close to them because of the relationship that they

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