Harlow's Monkeys / Strathman's Dogs / by Alan Strathman

I realized tonight that I am conducting a real-world replication of Harlow's research on attachment in monkeys.  If you have not been teaching Intro Psych for the last 25 years you can check this link for more information about Harlow's classic research.  

But in brief, Harlow separated young monkeys from their mothers and then provided them a surrogate mother.  The surrogate was either a wire monkey with an attached feeding tube or a warm, cloth mother without a feeding tube. He discovered that the young monkeys preferred the surrogate who was closest to their birth mothers, those made of warmed-up cloth. This was interesting because it showed the need for attachment was stronger than the need for food.

A few days ago I wrote about this dog:

I have started feeding her and her friend, this dog:

When they show up for dinner. I give them each a bowl of food. But the first dog, though clearly hungry, lets the bowl of food sit until she and I have had some quality time. Once I have petted her fully and she has licked my face a few times, she tucks into her food.

Though I don't think these results are publishable, they are nonetheless rewarding.