Abstract # 1:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2006 08:15 AM-09:15 AM: (Regency Center 1/3) Keynote Address


The causation, ontogeny, adaptive function, and evolution of maternal attachment in primates

D. Maestripieri
University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development, 5730 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
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     The ethological approach offers a powerful framework for studying proximate and ultimate aspects of behavior, combining observations and experiments, integrating behavioral, physiological, and genetic data, and comparing animals and humans. This approach will be illustrated with research on the primate caregiving attachment system, i.e. a behavioral/motivational system that serves to facilitate the expression of parental behavior. The research that will be reviewed includes work on the neuroendocrine and environmental regulation of maternal attachment, its developmental changes across the lifespan, its adaptive features and fitness consequences for interacting individuals, and its phylogenetic history within the primate order, with particular emphasis on its expression in cercopithecine monkeys and humans.