Early Experiences and Early Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126440805, 9781483262918

Early Experiences and Early Behavior

1st Edition

Implications for Social Development

Editors: Edward C. Simmel
eBook ISBN: 9781483262918
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 234
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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


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Edward C. Simmel

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