Early Experiences and Early Behavior

Early Experiences and Early Behavior

Implications for Social Development

1st Edition - January 28, 1979

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  • Editor: Edward C. Simmel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483262918

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Early Experiences and Early Behavior: Implications for Social Development discusses the problems associated with determining the effects of early experiences on later behavior, with emphasis on social development, both in humans and in animals. The overall approach is one of constructive criticism, in that specific problems in methodology and conceptualization are highlighted and promising new approaches are suggested and illustrated. The book is divided into two parts. Part I deals with methodological, theoretical, and conceptual problems: Recurring problems of methodology and definition are specified; a thorough review of the animal literature in early experiences studies over the past quarter of a century pinpoints certain areas of progress among many other areas where advances have been sparse; and two newer approaches are discussed and supported, namely behavioral metamorphosis and the interactional-developmental approach. Part II presents two case studies which serve to exemplify a variety of older and newer approaches to the investigation of the effects of early experiences on social development.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Part I Methodological, Theoretical, and Conceptual Issues: Problems and Promise

    Chapter 1 The Effects of Early Experiences on Later Behavior: A Critical Discussion

    Early Experiences and Early Behaviors

    Early Experiences and Prior Experiences

    The Problem of Causality



    Chapter 2 Behavioral Metamorphosis in Mammalian Development

    Behavioral Development in the Dog

    Behavioral Development in Mammals

    Effects of Early Experience


    Chapter 3 Effects of Early Experience upon the Behavior of Animals: The Second Twenty-Five Years of Research

    Relative Progress in Different Areas of Early Experience Research

    Some Lessons from the Second Twenty-Five Years: Characteristics Associated with Slow Progress



    Chapter 4 The Dynamics of Social Development

    A Dynamic View of Social Development

    Goals of the Interactional-Developmental Approach

    Social Development in Children: Some Recent Findings

    Some Implications for Understanding the Effects of Early Experience

    A Final Comment


    Part II Early Behavior and Social Development: Case Studies

    Chapter 5 Parent-Neonate Interaction and Its Long-Term Effects

    Origins and Background

    Problems of Methodology

    Early Postnatal Contact and Mother-Infant Interaction during Breast Feeding Thirty-Six Hours after Delivery

    Synchrony in the Development of Parent-Infant Interaction following Early Post-Partum Contact

    Discussion and Speculations

    Appendix A

    Appendix B

    Appendix C

    Appendix D


    Chapter 6 Early Development of Exploratory Behavior and Dominance in Three Litters of German Shepherds

    Two Kinds of Dominance

    Rearing Environment

    Method: Exploratory Behavior

    Results: Exploratory Behavior

    Method: Competitive Dominance

    Results: Competitive Dominance

    Stimulus Reactivity and Competitive Dominance

    Social Dominance: Litter 1



    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 234
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1979
  • Published: January 28, 1979
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483262918

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Edward C. Simmel

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