Animal Models of Human Behavior

Their Application to the Study of Attachment
  • Linda S. Crnic
  • Martin L. Reite
  • David W. Shucard
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


Other contributors to this volume have described intriguing evidence about possible biological substrata for attachment and affiliative behaviors. Such evidence suffers from being of necessity correlational. A statement of John Dobbing’s (1968) in reference to research on the behavioral effects of malnutrition is applicable here:

Even the most sophisticated multifactorial analysis is no substitute for the experimental testing of hypotheses, and this can only be done with animals. It should be self-evident that experimental animal and human field studies must interdigitate if any conclusions are to be reached before the end of the present interglacial period. (p. 294)


Human Behavior Necrotizing Enterocolitis Maternal Separation Neurobiological Mechanism Attachment Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda S. Crnic
    • 1
  • Martin L. Reite
    • 2
  • David W. Shucard
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics and PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  3. 3.Brain Sciences LaboratoriesNational Jewish Hospital and Research CenterDenverUSA

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