Chimpanzee shock experiment photo montage
November 14, 2018 5:24 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for an image that was burned into my memory, but I can't find it. I think it may have been a Life magazine cover, or photo accompanying an article about the experiment. This was likely decades ago, maybe as far back as the 60s. There is a chimpanzee (I think not a monkey) looking directly into the camera.

It is a two shot of just the heads (images are side by side, same size). On the left the animal is shown looking normal, but in both images there is a large electrode sticking out of the top of its head, pointing straight up. On the right, it shows the creature grimacing in pain, lips pulled way back, teeth fully exposed, showing how it feels when the shock is given.

I have only been able to find this image:
which does not have the two shot montage, and I don't remember that giant brace, nor the animal looking so unhappy in the first shot. It seems this image is more recent than the one I seek.

I want to use this image as artwork for Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" in my iTunes. I am not a creep, nor do I think this is a fun image. It's more illustrative of the unbelieveable ways humans have demeaned and tortured animals for often bizarre reasons.

Thanks in advance for anyone's help, and feel free to just tell me you remember this photo.
posted by sugarbx19 to Science & Nature (6 answers total)
I think this was in a Time-Life science book, maybe The Mind?
posted by zadcat at 5:44 PM on November 14, 2018

Seconding zadcat. I have the book at home and will double-check.
posted by queensissy at 6:00 PM on November 14, 2018

There are a bunch of disturbing images in the book The Primates (1965) from The Life Nature Library, one of them is a rhesus monkey with an electrode on its head (scroll down).
posted by the webmistress at 7:52 PM on November 14, 2018

I do see a photo in The Primates, but that is not the one.
posted by sugarbx19 at 1:24 PM on November 15, 2018

Rats - I just checked The Mind. It only has the single photo of the chimp with the electrode. It's not the tumblr one nor the one from The Primates. I'm pretty sure it's the one you're talking about, but it doesn't have a "normal" image next to it.
posted by queensissy at 2:19 PM on November 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

thanks to zadcat and queensissy for their responses and efforts, but no cigar. I will keep looking.
posted by sugarbx19 at 1:12 PM on November 21, 2018

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