Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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From The New Yorker

The psychologist Harry Harlow tried to get the rather cruel science of his time to catch up, as he put it, with common sense. Readers may have seen the newsmaking pictures of Harlow's experiments in the nineteen-fifties, which demonstrated that parents are not seen by their offspring as mere food sources: baby monkeys cling to terrycloth surrogate mothers, shunning the cold wire ones that hold milk. Harlow's conclusions dovetailed with the previously much-maligned ideas of the British psychiatrist John Bowlby. Together, they led to the acceptance of attachment theory, which has had a profound influence on child-rearing. The story of Harlow, a combative and morally ambiguous figure, makes for lively reading—the kind that has you rethinking everything from your analyst to your mother—but one also wishes that the Pulitzer-winning author had a gift for fusing the larger concepts with character, and a more stringent way with prose.
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About the Author

Deborah Blum won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her writing and reporting about primate experiments and ethics, a subject that she further explored in her first book, The Monkey Wars. Her second book, Sex on the Brain, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1997. Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, and president-elect of the National Association of Science Writers.

Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004Z2NQDM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; 1st edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 5, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1570 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 364 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Deborah Blum has always considered herself a southerner, although she has no real Southern accent and was born in Illinois (Urbana, 1954). Still, her parents moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana when she was two, and to Athens, Georgia, when she was twelve. And she has always believed that the Southern culture of story-telling had a real influence on the way she uses narrative in writing about science.

After high school, Blum received a journalism degree from the University of Georgia in 1976, with a double minor in anthropology and political science. She worked for two newspapers in Georgia and one in Florida (St. Petersburg Times) before deciding to become a science writer and going to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A University of Wisconsin fellow, she received her degree in 1982 and moved to California to work for McClatchy newspapers, first in Fresno and then in Sacramento. During her 13 years, at The Sacramento Bee, she won numerous awards for her work, culminating in the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting for a series investigating ethical issues in primate research.

The series became her first book, The Monkey Wars (Oxford, 1994), which was named a Library Journal Best Sci-Tech book of the year. Three years later, she published Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women (Viking, 1997), which was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2002 book, Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection, (Perseus Books) was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She followed that with Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (Penguin Press, 2006). Her latest book, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, will be published in February 2010.

Blum is also the co-editor of a widely used guide to science writing, A Field Guide for Science Writers (Oxford, 2006). She is currently the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches science journalism, creative-non-fiction, magazine writing and investigative reporting. A past-president of the National Association of Science Writers, she currently serves as the North American board member to the World Federation of Science Journalists. She also sits on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and on the board of trustees for the Society for Society and the Public.

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