Behavioral Adaptations After Parietal Cortex Ablation in the Neonate Macaque

  • L. Aarons
  • J. Schulman
  • J. H. Masserman
  • G. P. Zimmar
  • Eugene Ziskind


A considerable body of evidence supports the view that the restriction or deprivation of early sensory experiences has a detrimental effect upon the development of social relations in a variety of mammals. The recent studies of Harlow and Zimmermann [1] indicate that in the infant monkey somesthetic sensations are essential for the perception of “mothering” and underlie the growth of affectional responses. Most of the interest in disturbed mother-child relations in humans has centered around the mother’s role; however, some authors have considered the possibility of receptive deficiencies in the child itself. Owen [2], for example, stated,”... many of the emotional disorders of childhood might be predicated upon faulty ego formations based not entirely upon unfortunate integrations with people important to the child, but upon faulty or irregular maturation of the nervous system, rendering perception of reality for these children different from that of other children, and thus making integrations with other people difficult.“ Escalona [3] suggested ”... a schizophrenic process may be set in motion if a child in early infancy has organismic characteristics which make it impossible for him to interact with the mother in the normal way....“ Mahler et al. [4] reported ”... we found that from a very early age there was an intrinsic inability to form affective contact with people...”


Behavioral Adaptation Sensory Deprivation Infant Monkey Motor Stereotypy Human Mothering 
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  • L. Aarons
  • J. Schulman
  • J. H. Masserman
  • G. P. Zimmar
  • Eugene Ziskind

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