The Troubling Story Of The Female Chimpanzee Who Was Raised As A Human

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Psychologist Maurice Temerlin and his wife Jane decided to embark on a controversial experiment in 1964. They adopted Lucy, a chimpanzee, and raised her as if she were their own human child. Indeed, she eventually learned to eat at the table with a knife and fork, and even picked up American sign language. But as the chimp became aggressive and took on worrying human characteristics, Maurice and Jane had to take action.

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Maurice was born in January 1924 and raised in Ardmore, Olkahoma. He later studied at the University of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology. Maurice then worked in a number of roles at the institution from 1955 until 1974, and during that time he married Jane Temerlin.

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Maurice went on to become a successful author in the field. Later in his career, with the help of wife Jane, he published a well-received paper on the cults of psychotherapy. He also worked for the American Board of Professional Psychology, and was a member of the American and Oregon Psychology Association.

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