Early social relationships: a psychobiologist's view.

  title={Early social relationships: a psychobiologist's view.},
  author={M. Hofer},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={58 3},
  • M. Hofer
  • Published 1987
  • Medicine
  • Child development
  • This article outlines a strategy for studying early social relationships in relatively simple animal model systems. It describes some of the differences in approach between neuroscientists and human developmentalists in dealing with the same research problems. These ideas are then illustrated in work from our laboratory on the processes of early social attachment in young rats and on their responses to separation from their mothers. We have found evidence for a novel mechanism by which the… CONTINUE READING
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