discussion board post for basic concepts of psychology course
I have attached the directions for the discussion board and will also write it out here too
On p. 8 of the pdf (or 224 of the actual chapter) of your reading on Thinking, Language, and
Intelligence, there is a brief description of the case of Genie. This was a disturbing case, but an
important one in the field of psychology.
The Case of Genie
In the fall of 1970, a social worker in the Los Angeles area found a 13-year-old girl who was
being raised in extremely neglectful and abusive conditions. The girl, who came to be known as
Genie, had lived most of her life tied to a potty chair or confined to a crib in a small room that
was kept closed with the curtains drawn. For a little over a decade, Genie had virtually no social
interaction and no access to the outside world. As a result of these conditions, Genie was
unable to stand up, chew solid food, or speak (Fromkin, Krashen, Curtiss, Rigler, & Rigler,
1974; Rymer, 1993). The police took Genie into protective custody.
Genie’s abilities improved dramatically following her removal from her abusive environment, and
early on, it appeared she was acquiring language—much later than would be predicted by
critical period hypotheses that had been posited at the time (Fromkin et al., 1974). Genie
managed to amass an impressive vocabulary in a relatively short amount of time. However, she
never developed a mastery of the grammatical aspects of language (Curtiss, 1981). Perhaps
being deprived of the opportunity to learn language during a critical period impeded Genie’s
ability to fully acquire and use language.
Please read more about the case here: https://www.verywellmind.com/genie-the-story-of-the-
As horrific a case as Genie’s story is, it provides information that can be used to better
understand the human condition. Please post your thoughts on the Group Discussion Board for
Module 3 Sub-Unit B about how the case of Genie highlights the benefits of a “case study”
research design. In addition, please include your thoughts of whether using information from a
case like this to further our knowledge fits within the bounds of ethical research.