The Ape and the Child; a Study of Environmental Influence upon Early Behavior

The Ape and the Child; a Study of Environmental Influence upon Early Behavior

The Ape and the Child; a Study of Environmental Influence upon Early Behavior

The Ape and the Child; a Study of Environmental Influence upon Early Behavior

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It was in 1927 that the general plan for the investigation reported in these pages was first evolved. The idea was then entirely new to us, although a subsequent review of the scientific literature and discussion of the proposed research with colleagues and associates showed that studies of a similar type had previously been thought of but apparently never completed. For some time after our initial interest in the problem we made no definite progress towards carrying it out. Indeed the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

At length, through the stimulation and encouragement of Professor J. Robert Kantor of Indiana University, we made tentative inquiries about the physical possibilities of a venture of this sort. Then at once the extreme difficulty of procuring an anthropoid ape sufficiently young to make the research feasible became apparent. In the effort to solve this difficulty we were led to consider attaching ourselves to the expedition of a well-known explorer which was about to visit Sumatra, the home of the orang-utan. When this proved impossible because of the financial requirements, the question of purchasing a subject from the wild-animal importers was investigated. Finally we tried to borrow or buy a suitable specimen from one or another of the large zoological societies, but again without success. Had we at that time any knowledge of the personal deprivations to be demanded by the undertaking, it is doubtful if we would have persisted further in the endeavor to bring it about.

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