- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195102843
- ISBN-13: 978-0195102840
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 22.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feral Children and Clever Animals: Reflections on Human Nature Paperback – 1 Feb 1996
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... an eye-opening history of psychology... (Nature)
... provides an enlightening analysis of language, intelligence, and learning... Scholarly and sensitive, this is absorbing reading. (Booklist)
Original and entertaining. (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Douglas Keith Candland is Professor of Psychology and Animal Behavior at Bucknell University. He has written for publications as diverse as The New Yorker and American Psychologist, and is the author of Psychology: The Experimental Approach (Second Edition, 1978), Emotion (1977), and Psychology (1962).
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Candland used a wealth of research to create a discussion of the nature-nurture debate within his book, and he achieved this in a relatively balanced way. The overall aim of the book was to gain insight into the psychology of humans by way of studying animal behaviour. Although the author was unable to make any precise conclusions in the book (what psychologist can?!!), he put forward views from behaviourists, psychoanalysts, and phenomenologists, for the reader to judge on their own merits.
Candland used examples of animal behaviour such as horses counting, apes using sign language, and dogs judging their owner's behaviour. He also recounted the mental development of such feral children as Kasper Hauser, and the Singh's Wolf Children after they had been reintroduced to human society. All of this research was used to try to come to an understanding of human nature.
All in all, a very good book, full of interesting insights, facts, discussion points, and much more.