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Psychobiological roots of early attachment

by Myron A. Hofer
Current Directions in Psychological Science ()

Abstract

New research has revealed a net laboratory work of simple behavioral, and neural physiological, that underlie constructs processes the psychological of at tachment It has become that theory. apparent the unique attachment certain features of early infant reflect unique and motor features of early infant sensory integration, and motivation, as well as the communication, learning, regulation of biobehavioral systems by the mother?infant interaction. In this article, I will use this new knowledge to answer three major that have remained unset questions tled in our human attachment: understanding of early What creates an attachment bond? Why is early maternal How can have separation stressful? early relationships lasting effects? I will discuss the implications of these new answers for human infants and for the development of mental Attachment remains processes. useful as a concept that, like hunger, describes the operation of subprocesses that work together within the frame of a vital biological function.

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