The Adaptive Process in Early Infancy A Research Odyssey

  • Justin D. Call


The inclination of a clinician to become involved in systematically organized, investigative work is rare, and the path leading in that direction is never obvious. Such an inclination develops during a lifetime of personal and educational experience. It is accompanied by many false starts, incompleted projects, exploratory dabblings, and flirtations before the event or series of events that only in retrospect can be recognized as the beginnings of a project destined to occupy the bulk of an investigator’s time, talent, and creative resources for years to come. In this sense research is very much like a love affair. It may be very short-lived or it may become a lifelong passion, not without its disruptions and moments of desperation. In what follows I shall tell the story of what has become my own research passion, including sidelights and attitudes that have not found expression in publications up to this time.


Newborn Infant Child Psychiatry Developmental Research Research Passion External Visual Stimulus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin D. Call
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, College of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Adult and Child PsychoanalysisLos Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and InstituteLos AngelesUSA

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