Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

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In the early twentieth century, affection between parents and their children was discouraged—psychologists thought it would create needy kids, and doctors thought it would spread infectious disease. It took a revolution in psychology to overturn these beliefs and prove that touch ensures emotional and intellectual health.

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In Love at Goon Park, Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum charts this profound cultural shift by tracing the story of Harry Harlow—the man who studied neglect and its life-altering consequences on primates in his lab. The biography of both a man and an idea, Love at Goon Park ultimately invites us to examine ourselves and the way we love.

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Author Deborah Blum
Publisher Basic Books
Page Count 338pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes trade paperback, b/w
Publication Date July 5, 2011
ISBN 978-0465026012

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