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

July 5, 2011|
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection by Deborah Blum
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In this meticulously researched and masterfully written book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum examines the history of love through the lens of its strangest unsung hero: a brilliant, fearless, alcoholic psychologist named Harry Frederick Harlow. Pursuing the idea that human affection could be understood, studied, even measured, Harlow (1905-1981) arrived at his conclusions by conducting research-sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible-on the primates in his University of Wisconsin laboratory. Paradoxically, his darkest experiments may have the brightest legacy, for by studying "neglect" and its life-altering consequences, Harlow confirmed love''s central role in shaping not only how we feel but also how we think. His work sparked a psychological revolution. The more children experience affection, he discovered, the more curious they become about the world: Love makes people smarter. The biography of both a man and an idea, The Measure of Love is a powerful and at times disturbing narrative that will forever alter our understanding of human relationships.
Deborah Blumis theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Poisoner''s Handbook. She also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her second book,Sex on the Brain, was aNew York TimesNotable Book for 1997. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Title:Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:368 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:368 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:July 5, 2011
Publisher:Basic Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:13
ISBN - 13:9780465026012

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