Child Nurturance

Studies of Development in Nonhuman Primates

  • Hiram E. Fitzgerald
  • John A. Mullins
  • Patricia Gage

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Malnutrition and Developmental Outcome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arthur J. Riopelle
      Pages 3-24
  3. Parental and Other Social Influences on Primate Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Leanne T. Nash, R. Linda Wheeler
      Pages 27-61
    3. Charles T. Snowdon, Stephen J. Suomi
      Pages 63-108
  4. Contextual and Social Aspects of Language Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
      Pages 137-157
    3. Roger S. Fouts, Alan D. Hirsch, Deborah H. Fouts
      Pages 159-193
  5. Biosocial Aspects of Behavioral Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Susan Mineka
      Pages 197-242
    3. K. E. Moyer
      Pages 243-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-274

About this book


The underlying theme uniting the papers of this volume is the quest for a further understanding of human behavior. The similarities between the behaviors of other primates and humans have captivated us even before a science arose. But what is the justification for making such comparisons? Comparisons, like classifications, can be made on any basis whatever. The aim in making any scientific comparison is the same as doing a classification. That is, one attempts to make the comparison on a "natural" basis. Natural, in this case, means that the comparison reflects processes that occur in nature. The fundamental paradigm for making natural comparisons in biology is based on evolutionary theory. The evolutionary paradigm is inherently one of comparisons between and within species. Conversely, it is impossible to begin to make cross species comparisons without making, implicitly at least, evolutionary arguments. But evolution is a complex construct of theories (Lewis, 1980), and comparisons can be made out of different theoretical bases. F or the sake of this discussion we can combine varieties of sub-theories into two categories: those having to do with descent with modification, and those concerned with the mechanics of evolutionary change--notably natural selection.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hiram E. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • John A. Mullins
    • 2
  • Patricia Gage
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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