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Harry Harlow on Love - Dictionary of Arguments

Slater I 10
Love/affection/Harlow: Harlow suggested, that the psychologists “(…) not only show no interest in the origin and development of love or affection, but they seem to be unaware of its very existence.” (H. Harlow “The Nature of Love”, Presidential address to the American Psychological Association, 1958).
For Harlow, it was an “obvious fact” that the human infant’s affection for the mother provided a basis for later close relationships and the development of subsequent affectional bonds (Harlow & Zimmerman, 1958)(1). >Attachment Theory.
Experiments/Harlow: Harlow’s experiments with rhesus monkeys had clearly established that affectional bonds could be the subject of scientific investigation. >Experiment/Harlow.


1. Harlow, H. F., & Zimmerman, R. (1959). Affectional responses in the infant monkey. Science, 130, 421–432.


Roger Kobak, “Attachment and Early Social deprivation. Revisiting Harlow’s Monkey Studies”, in: Alan M. Slater and Paul C. Quinn (eds.) 2012. Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: SAGE Publications


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Harlow, Harry
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Alan M. Slater
Paul C. Quinn
Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2012


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