Internet Scavenger Hunt: Feral Children
Answer these questions with help from the video and the Internet. First find the definition of “feral children”.
A feral child is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has no experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and crucially, of human language.
Website to start at for help: http://www.learnstuff.com/feral-children/
1. Write about one child and their circumstances as a feral child. Oxana Malaya’s parents kept her in the kennels with several dogs, and she lived there until she was recued at age 8. 2. How do children who are raised by animals behave differently than others? It prevents the child from experiencing and learning human emotions, social behaviors, and human languages. 3. What is the role of nature in the case, and of nurture in this story? Feral children are devoid of enculturation. These children show that humans don’t instinctually learn to use a toilet or to have interest in the human activities around them.
Find the story of Genie the feral girl. Based on the information about Genie, answer the following questions.
4. Describe Genie’s situation.
Her parents kept her in such isolation for 12 years.
5. How was her behavior different from another young girl?
She couldn’t play with Barbie dolls or have play dates with her stuffed animals. Her behavior affected the way she saw the world. 6. Do you think Genie is capable of leading a normal life?
In a psychological perspective, yes.
7. What is the role of nature in this case, and of nurture?
a. To answer this question, think of the others that follow: i. Do you think Genie’s inability to talk was a result of living so long without other human interaction and being in an impoverished environment with little sensory stimulation…. Or because she had been abused? Or a combination of both? Was she born without the necessary skills in her brain? I think...
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