Guidance and differentiation of maternally directed orienting behaviors: probing the origins of filial attachment.

@article{Polan2005GuidanceAD,
  title={Guidance and differentiation of maternally directed orienting behaviors: probing the origins of filial attachment.},
  author={H. Jonathan Polan},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={278-87}
}
Newborn rats seek and attain contact with their mothers by orienting and primitive locomotor behaviors called maternally-directed orienting behaviors (MDOBs). By 2 days of age MDOBs are elicited specifically by maternal features and are heightened by a period of acute separation from the mother. This behavioral regulation by the mother's presence suggests… CONTINUE READING