The study illustrates that it is necessary, at least for young monkeys, to have a soft, nurturing stimulus to feel secure and grow emotionally. It explores the potential of the power of touch for adults, as well. Even though the studies were unable to use humans for actual subjects it does show the correlation between the mother and child attachment procedure.
One of the most interesting aspects of this study was the finding that bonding is more important than necessary items, like milk. "In fact, this factor in bonding appears to be considerably more important than the mother's ability to provide life-sustaining milk to the infant." (Harlow) What a powerful statement when it was frequently thought that survival or self-preservation was the key motivating factor in development.
This interesting study highlighted well the various aspects of nurturing and bonding between mother and infant. It was concise as well as thorough in explaining the details of the projects and the outcomes.
The "open field test" was interesting in that it showed a child's ability to relate to and explore their world when they felt the safety and comfort of a mother nearby. The fact that the young monkey felt secure and able to explore unfamiliar surroundings when their mother was nearby was a crucial part of the study.