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

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

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 conclusi In this meticulously researched and masterfully written book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum examines the history of ...

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Title:Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
Author:Deborah Blum
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Genres:Psychology
ISBN:Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Jessica
    Apr 16, 2017
    Love at Goon Park was very interesting while also very frustrating and incredibly flawed. In the preface, Deborah Blum discusses writing an earlier book (The Monkey Wars) that angered people who knew Harry Harlow so much that many of them were wary of ever speaking to her again. She th...
  • AB
    Sep 11, 2007
    This is probably the first or second most important book I've ever read. One of the very, very few books that I can say not only changed my life, but did so in such a way that I can provide evidence to back up my statement. I started studying psychology because of it, but that's just f...
  • Pat F.
    Sep 08, 2018
    Short version: Love on your kids. It's a scientific fact that they'll do better throughout their lives. (Probably so will you.) ...
  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
    May 07, 2010
    I read this in April 2010. If you ever took psychology or sociology, you probably learned about the experiment with the baby monkeys and the cloth mothers and the wire mothers. This is a popular scientific biography of the scientist who conceived that experiment. I'd call it a must-...
  • Luke
    Sep 16, 2011
    I appreciate Blum's book and thorough research, but I just found the story and the content not too interesting. In part, I think this was largely due to the fact I majored in human development and had a feeling that the history of the discipline of PSYCH was as it was in the book. Addi...
  • Mark
    Feb 23, 2008
    It's hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, psychologists believed that affection between parents and children was unnecessary, and recommended that the best way to raise children was to touch them and coddle them as little as possible. The behaviorist B.F. Skinner actually bu...
  • Mairi
    Jan 02, 2011
    Harry Harlow was the driving force behind the now infamous wire mother/cloth mother monkey experiments but there was so much more to his research, to the context. Reading an in-depth treatment of it was fascinating. Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook and one of my favorite...
  • Sean Kottke
    Jan 21, 2014
    This is the first book I added to my Amazon Wish List back at the dawn of the 21st century after hearing Blum interviewed on NPR, and while it took me a while to finally get to it, the payoff was definitely worth the wait. So many of my professional and personal interests converge in t...
  • Kimberley
    Jan 16, 2011
    Love at GOON Park is particularly satisfying because the content is fascinating and the writing is so good! It's science that reads like a novel. The book is about Harry Harlow and his monkey experiments on mother love. The name GOON Park comes from the address of Harry's lab at 600 N ...
  • Elizabeth Desole
    Dec 16, 2013
    Because of the time period covered, this biography manages to cover most of the 20th century "professionals" approach to child-rearing. At the beginning of the century, as the field of psychology was struggling to be recognized as a "real science", the experts were trying to reduce bab...
  • K. Lincoln
    Jun 27, 2016
    As I read the last chapter of this book, snuggled up against my 12 year old daughter, I started telling her how lucky she was to be the younger of my two daughters. I wrestled with the prevailing United States wisdom of the day about when babies should sleep apart as well as when it wa...
  • Sarah
    Nov 03, 2009
    I read this for a psychology class and found it absolutely fascinating. I liked the detailed description from Publisher's Weekly, so here it is: In this surprisingly compelling book, Blum (The Monkey Wars) reveals that many of the child-rearing truths we now take for granted infants...
  • Kristin
    Sep 07, 2017
    A very interesting and balanced overview of a psychologist that I'd never heard of before, although I'd heard of the cloth mother study at some point in the past. ...
  • Patiki
    Dec 01, 2011
    The book is ok. Interesting to read about the context of famous social psychology experiments. You would probably find it more interesting if you have a background in psychology. I was a psych major, and enjoyed the book for the reason just stated, but the motive behind why I borrowed ...
  • Mary
    Jul 07, 2016
    The nature of love is about paying attention to the people who matter, about still giving when you are too tired to give. ...
  • Judy
    May 05, 2012
    This book is a must read for anyone who plans to be a parent, for anyone who has had a parent, and for anyone who has been a parent. It is well written, objective, and brutally honest in its examination of the life of Harry Harlow, the importance of the work he completed, and the in...
  • Cathy Faye
    May 10, 2011
    Having a weird love-hate relationship with this book... ...
  • Corie
    Jul 29, 2013
    Loved it. Blum's writing is wonderful. Any writer who can turn the raw materials of academia and research psychology into the stuff that makes you read into the wee hours is one fine writer. She illuminates the history of this narrow, but oh-so-critical spectrum of psychological resear...
  • C.R. Elliott
    Jun 08, 2011
    Having read about Harlow in several classes as well as Blum's book Money Wars I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. It turned out to be an instant favorite. Harlow is so infamous for the torture aspect of his studies that I foolishly took it at face value that there wasn't much ...
  • Arielle
    Apr 23, 2018
    This is a great book. I normally don't read biographies, but this was so well-written and contained so many interesting studies about the history and psychology of love, that I was riveted. Harry Harlow's life and writing give structure to the story. Overall, I would recommend this boo...
  • Lewis
    May 02, 2014
    Top read. Lovely mix of narrative and psychology practice. ...
  • Karendale2
    Jan 26, 2009
    Describes the profound research that Harry Harlow conducted at the University of Wisconsin. Harry Harlow's research is on separation and loss as it relates to humans, mothers and their babies, although the research is conducted on monkeys. He makes up dummy mother monkeys which the bab...
  • Anthony
    Mar 10, 2017
    20th century thought on animals was that animals were simple, brainless even. Exposed to a stimulus, the animal would react. They were no more than response machines, trying to satisfy their basic needs of food and shelter. This thinking carried over to scientific opinion on children. ...
  • Sarah Galvin
    Dec 29, 2017
    What an absolute monster. ...
  • Leonardo
    Sep 03, 2018
    ...wonderful biography of Harlow... The Happiness Hypothesis Pág.111 ...
  • Arimo
    Dec 02, 2016
    An excellent and interesting book about psychologist Harry Harlow and his monkey research. Thorough research shines through all over the book, and Love at Goon Park is full of interesting anecdotes and minor details that makes the subjects come to life. I'm giving the book very stro...
  • Christiana Martin
    Mar 07, 2018
    Overall, this was a well-researched book that explored important issues in psychology research and the nature of the parent-child bond. Harry Harlow's work is seminal in the field of developmental psychology, and this narrative of his life and work contained a lot of information in add...
  • Victoria Dimitrakopoulos
    Jun 28, 2017
    Couldn't put it down. Am leading through it for the fourth time now. Endless fountain of knowledge and understanding on Xxth century psychology ...
  • Mylinda
    Nov 28, 2017
    A strong 4 out of 5. ...
  • Aveugle Vogel
    Jul 28, 2017
    "their hobbyhorse again" ...