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Food or Security? Harlows Study on Monkeys Attachment

This clip features classic footage of Harlows surrogate mother studies. Monkeys are placed in a cage with two dolls, one made of cloth, and one made of wire.

They cling to the cloth doll and gain food from the wire doll. A narrator describes the studys findings. What was Harlow trying to show with this study? Is it as true for human newborns as it is for monkeys?

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