Hidden Regulatory Processes in Early Social Relationships

  • Myron A. Hofer
Part of the Perspectives in Ethology book series (PEIE, volume 3)


Hidden within the visible features of early social relationships are a number of processes that we do not yet understand very well. These processes act not only to govern the interaction between parent and infant but also to regulate the physiological and behavioral characteristics of the infants during early development. The nature of these processes can be revealed by analytic experiments with laboratory animals, working with individual components of the mother—infant interaction and using partial or complete mother—infant separations. The results of these studies point to a reconsideration of how infants respond to the experience of separation from their mothers and suggest a means of approaching the study of postnatal hereditary influences.


Maternal Behavior Tactile Stimulation Maternal Separation Vestibular Stimulation Maternal Deprivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myron A. Hofer
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  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineMontefiore Hospital and Medical CenterBronxUSA

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