Harlow & Harlow studied this with their infamous study using Rhesus monkeys.
Baby monkeys were taken from their mothers & placed in a cage with two ‘surrogate mothers’ made of wire.
One wire ‘mother’ was covered in soft cloth & provided love & comfort. The other had a bottle & provided food. The researchers were interested in where the Rhesus monkeys spent the majority of their time.
Early psychological theories thought that physical care was enough for development. And that love only occurred because babies depend on their mother for food, so learn to love them because they wouldn’t survive without them.
Watch the video below for the results.
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