Abstract # 23:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2006 09:30 AM-09:50 AM: Session 3 (Regency East #3) Oral Presentation

Behavior From a Behavioral Perspective

L. Rosenblum
SUNY Downstate Medicial Center, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA
     In an era before computerization, pharmacolization and geneticalization, we attempted to quantify the developing patterns of whole primates interacting with other whole primates. Gerry Ruppenthal, together with another unsung hero of the time, Joe Bauer, were critical soldiers of Harry Harlow’s behavioral legions. To this end, in addition to the still functioning time-sampled Check-sheet, these intrepid souls helped to add a rough image of things to come in behavioral data recording. Using paper adding machine tape, several devices were used to punch holes in demarcated places that were either manually or semi-automatically read as a means of recording a wider range of behavioral components than the typical Check-sheet would allow. Indeed in the last major study I did with Gerry, over 100 behaviors were separately sampled in the first groups of surrogate reared, but socially experienced rhesus infants.