Harry Harlow's Drive-Reduction Theory

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Harry Harlow performed an experience many years ago that opened our eyes to the effects from the touch of a mother’s love to a child and if we need a mother to develop properly or if we can just have someone there to feed us and we deal with everything else on our own, such as being frightened or being placed in a strange room. He focuses on the two debates, the drive-reduction theory which is based on the idea that the bonds that children and mothers developed were the food and warmth mothers provided to meet their child’s biological needs. The other debate he wants to prove is with the attachment theorists. They feel that the provision of security through contact. Harlow was determined to figure out if the provision of food or contact is more important in the formation of infantmother attachment, some do agree that he figured it out but still some skeptics expressed that when it comes to the experiment, he may have missed some points a good test should have.
Harlow experiment consisted of using 60 monkeys during a 3-year period. Skeptics stepped in and expressed that although monkeys/ other animals are similar to humans they are never 100% genetically similar. During the experiment, they matched certain monkeys with 2 different surrogate monkey moms. One of the moms had the bottle, but its body was made out of cold wire, while the
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Also with the monkeys that didn’t get enough love from the cloth mom became abnormal and deranged. This connects to orphanages and hospitals where they urge workers to workers to interact and have more physical contact to the children so they know they are not alone. Harlow also proved that love is vital for normal child development. And that the absence of love during a child’s life can lead to psychological and emotional distress later in
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