ATTACHMENT - Animal studies of attachment - general

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  • Animal studies of attachment
    • Many studies done on animals that are genetically similar to us (apes)
      • generalisation from animal studies to human behaviour - how reliable?
      • However, animals are not 100% similar (monkeys = 3% diff, rats and mice even more so)
        • not representative of human behaviour
    • Experiments done on animals = 'more ethical'
      • outcry if humans experimented on
      • doesn't mean it's ethical if done on animals
      • impractical to be done on humans
        • easier for animals
    • KEY STUDIES:
      • Lorenz (1935) - imprinting
      • Harlow (1959) - towel comfort mothers
      • Sluckin (1966) - imprinting on ducklings
      • Harlow (1965) - monkey **** rack

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