Love at Goon Park

Love at Goon Park

Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the controversial psychologist who revolutionized the study of love recalls his early experiments with primates to measure affection as well as considering his later work.

Perseus Publishing
In this meticulously researched and masterfully written book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum examines the history of love through the lens of its strangest unsung hero: a brilliant, fearless, alcoholic psychologist named Harry Frederick Harlow. Pursuing the idea that human affection could be understood, studied, even measured, Harlow (1905-1981) arrived at his conclusions by conducting research-sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible-on the primates in his University of Wisconsin laboratory. Paradoxically, his darkest experiments may have the brightest legacy, for by studying "neglect" and its life-altering consequences, Harlow confirmed love's central role in shaping not only how we feel but also how we think. His work sparked a psychological revolution. The more children experience affection, he discovered, the more curious they become about the world: Love makes people smarter. The biography of both a man and an idea, The Measure of Love is a powerful and at times disturbing narrative that will forever alter our understanding of human relationships.

The remarkable story of how one of the twentieth century's most important and controversial psychologists revolutionized our understanding of love


Book News
Blum (journalism, U. of Wisconsin) won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for her writing about primate experiments and ethics. A chapter in her The Monkey Wars profiled psychologist Harry Harlow (1905-81) as a villain of the animals rights movement. Here, in a full biography, she views him as a pioneer in demonstrating the vital importance of relationships and love to health and survival. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A fascinating account of the controversial psychologist who revolutionized the study of love recalls his early experiments with primates to measure "affection" as well as his later work. 30,000 first printing.
Deborah Blum examines the history of love through the lens of its strangest unsung hero: a brilliant, fearless, alcoholic psychologist named Harry Frederick Harlow. Pursuing the idea that human affection could be understood, studied, even measured, Harlow (1905-1981) arrived at his conclusions by conducting research--sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible--on the primates in his University of Wisconsin laboratory. Paradoxically, his darkest experiments may have the brightest legacy, for by studying "neglect" and its life-altering consequences, Harlow confirmed love's central role in shaping not only how we feel but also how we think. Blum views him as a pioneer in demonstrating the vital importance of relationships and love to health and survival.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing, c2002
ISBN: 9780738202785
0738202789
Branch Call Number: B HARLOW
B HARLOW
Characteristics: xvi, 336 p. ; 24 cm

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