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How would children act if they were not talked to for the first thirteen years of their life Two case studies in the past showed how children would act with no interaction from other people One child was a boy named Victor and the other was a girl named Genie Both of the children did have similarities but they also had many differences These two children had many similarities In each case each one was referred to as a wild child Neither of the children were found until after they had hit puberty which is suppose to be the cut off for learning to speak When they both were first found they had animal tendencies To explore things they would sniff and touch them In both cases the children were taught to speak but they could not fully comprehend how However they did learn to say words of things they saw Since they couldnt learn to speak they were taught sign language Also neither one of them could tell the difference between hot and cold Although one was given up on faster then the other they were both given up on in the end Victor was found in 1800 in South France When he was first discovered he was found naked wondering around He had long fingernails and tried to bite people like an animal would When people tried to talk to him he did not respond by speaking This made some people think he was retarded from birth while others thought he was that way because he had never been taught So a psychologist named Itard decided he would take on the task of trying to teach him Itard tried to teach Victor to talk but he could not so instead he started teaching him sign language Genie was found at the age of thirteen in Los Angeles in 1970 She was locked in a room by herself in complete isolation for ten
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