Silver Nitrate and the Eyes of the Newborn

Effects on Parental Responsiveness during Initial Social Interaction
  • Perry M. Butterfield
  • Robert N. Emde
  • Marilyn Svejda
  • Sandy Naiman
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


The emotional relationship which exists between parent and child is a unique and enduring affiliative system (Bowlby, 1958). From the parental side, the ontogeny of this system has presented some prominent issues in developmental research during the past decade. Two major themes have emerged. The first theme is the idea that the infant provides the stimulus which elicits and sustains parental love (Bell & Harper, 1977; Bowlby, 1958; Brazelton, 1973; Leiderman, 1980); the second, is the idea of rapid emotional bonding by the parents in the immediate postpartum period (for a critique of this concept see Chapter 8, this volume). This chapter will look more specifically at these themes by examining one major stimulus component, the eyes of the infant as they effect the parents’ behavior during this postpartum period.


Silver Nitrate Visual Activity Colorado School Visual Behavior Gonococcal Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Perry M. Butterfield
    • 1
  • Robert N. Emde
    • 1
  • Marilyn Svejda
    • 1
  • Sandy Naiman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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