Emotion and Animals

  • Photo of Harlow’s Surrogate Study on Monkeys – Food or Security?

    Harlow’s Surrogate Study on Monkeys – Food or Security?

    One of the most interesting case studies done using primates is Harlow’s Surrogate Study. The results revolutionized our understanding of social relationships in early development. The goal of the experiment was to see if babies were attached to their mothers primarily because the mother was a source of food.   Dr. Harry Harlow and other social and cognitive psychologists argued this…

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  • Animals Make Us Human: Temple Grandin

    In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. How does Grandin relate her emotions to animals?

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  • Elephants Mourning

    Just how aware are these elephants? Some scientists think they may cry when sad, just like you and me. In this clip we see elephants coming upon the bones of the matriarch of their clan. We see them interact with their find and hear a voiceover explaining their actions. How is this similar to the way humans mourn? How is…

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