The living Genie had to live alone in this room and was chained to a chair for 10 years of his life.
When she was discovered in 1970, she was 13 years old and still wearing diapers. After being treated aggressively, she was finally able to tell the researchers that Genie was alone in a room with no human-to-human interaction, no talk with anyone and even sleep. right on that potty.
Genie’s biological parents only provide enough food so she can live through the day. Genie was chained in a room without a window and was not allowed to learn to speak like the other children.
When Genie was discovered, she began to learn to speak and to receive non-verbal knowledge and use of signals.
After that, Genie can understand some words and know how to create some sentences, although they are simple and often not grammatically correct. Eventually she learned and expanded her vocabulary, but she still could not use fluently and grammatically any language learned.
Susan Curtiss, a graduate student of linguistics from UCLA, gave her the name “Genie”. “When we think of an angel, we will always think of miracles or anything in the good imagination of children,” said Susan Curtiss.
Genie had a very strange habit of walking like a rabbit, constantly spitting and spitting on herself, but she didn’t speak or make any noise. Curtiss said she most likely had been beaten up by her parents for causing the commotion.
Genie is the most worrying case that Jay Shurley – a solitary confinement expert has ever seen. “Solitary confinement has always been considered the most severe punishment, and in my experience, the consequence of this is that the symptoms are actually quite stressful right after the first 15 minutes. What will happen in a person’s mind when it lasts up to 10 years, “Jay Shurley shared.
Genie’s mother is an elderly woman who is blind and identifies herself as a victim. She blamed Genie’s father for abusing her. When Genie was still a child, her father thought that Genie was “retarded” and decided to isolate Genie in that room.
Shortly after the authorities discovered Genie, her father decided to use a gun to commit suicide. In his suicide note, he wrote, “This world will never understand.”
When studies and tests were conducted to diagnose Genie’s condition, sleep studies showed that her brain waves were abnormal. Some researchers like Shirley think this is because she suffered brain damage soon after being born. However, others like Curtiss did not accept that view. During her research on Genie, she showed everyone the improvement because the mental development of children and adults is not always the same.
James Kent, another researcher in the Genie research group, thinks that her condition will improve if she can form meaningful relationships with those around her. He began feeding her in the morning and telling Genie stories every night and good night with kisses like parents always do to their children.
Initially, Genie did not have any changes compared to Kent’s efforts and affection. Then one day, Genie frowned and pulled his hand as he tried to leave. She did not want Kent to leave her side.
But the first foray into Genie education came from a lesson with language teacher Jean Butler. Jean told Genie, “You tie your shoelaces and then we will tell Dr. Kent what you can do.” Although it sounds confusing, Genie kept saying that from the doctor repeatedly. And during the spring of that year, Genie learned and learned more than 100 words. Now the research team’s question is, can Genie fully recover like normal children?
Genie had her first birthday after being discovered – a 14-year-old birthday party at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
During the course of therapy, Genie’s timid nature also improved and instead became curious about the natural world around her. Wherever you go with her becomes a fascinating adventure.
“She has a way of connecting with people and approaching without saying anything,” said David Rigler, the man who will serve as Genie’s foster parent for years.
Rigler recalled one of those cases. A young boy gave Genie his newly purchased toy fire truck, and the two children did not say a single word that they just passed by on the street.
Later Genie came to live with Butler. Her care team thinks a stable foster home will help Genie grow better.
Genie develops a passion for items such as bottles and containers – this behavior is expressed in many other seriously abused children.
But Butler worries most is that the trials and research will damage Genie’s health and she began to restrict the visits of other members of the research team. But others like Curtiss thought that Butler did and used Genie as a tool to make himself famous.
Finally, Genie was taken out of Butler’s house and after a few hours at the Children’s Hospital, she found a new fosterer, David Rigler – a psychologist at Children’s Hospital. Doctors almost never assume the role of a parent, so the team thinks a psychiatrist will give her a happy family.
Rigler’s wife Marylin becomes Genie’s new teacher.
Marilyn taught Genie how to express her anger outside, how to scream in appropriate circumstances.
Finally Genie was able to use words to express her feelings. She will say “rough time” and show her face like this old woman and will wave her finger if she feels very uncomfortable, while just waving her hand means that Something big is wrong.
Here Genie continues to show her recovery, the little girl can read and begin kindergarten. At this point the team began to think and hope that she could recover completely.
Rigler even taught Genie sign language. He said that previous therapists made the mistake when they were too focused on the spoken language.
Although Genie’s progress is enormous, she is still unable to fully communicate as usual. She can identify words but cannot organize them in the proper grammar.
But in the fall of 1974, the National Institutes of Mental Health withdrew funding for Genie’s treatment and research because the lines between the foster family and the research team were always blurred. It is possible to create retention records. Genie’s mother even sued both the research team and the hospital, accusing the research of spoiling Genie’s recovery because of over-testing.
After that, Genie’s mother was acquitted of all crimes and raised Genie. Unfortunately, the mother found it difficult to care for her and sent her to another foster parents.
After being adopted, she soon had to return to the Children’s Hospital because she was beaten because Genie vomited. This time she was very scared and refused to open her mouth. All that’s left is silence.
Genie is one of the most prominent examples of the “Critical Period Hypothesis” doctrine – which implies a specific amount of time during which children can learn languages and beyond that they will not be able to learn languages. fluently. Genie was isolated and not allowed to speak during that time, and as a result, she was unable to use any grammatically correct grammar.