Harlow's Monkeys AGAINST LEARNING THOERY 

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  • Harlow's Monkeys AGAINST LEARNING THOERY
    • Aims
      • To see how baby rhesus monkey would react when taken from mothers and given surrogate mothers
    • Procedure
      • Monkeys given a cloth mother and a wire mother
      • In one group the wire mother had the food and in the other the cloth mother did
      • They used a frightening stimulus to see how they'd react
      • They moved them into an unfamiliar room some with cloth mother others without
    • Findings
      • Young monkeys clung to cloth mother if provided food or not. Only went to wire for food
      • When scared ran to cloth mother for comfort and protction
      • When in unfamiliar room with cloth clung to cloth mother until comfortable to explore
      • When in unfamiliar room without cloth mother: freeze in fear, cry, crouch down, suck thumb some would search
    • Conclusions
      • Monkeys who were raised by wire mother had harder time digesting the milk and had diarrhoea
        • Not having contact comfort was psychologically stressful
      • The need for comfort was stronger than the need to explore

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