Neonatal face-to-face interactions promote later social behaviour in infant rhesus monkeys

Dettmer, A.M., Kaburu, S.S.K., Simpson, E.A., Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864, Sclafani, V., Byers, K.L., Murphy, A.M., Miller, M., Marquez, N., Miller, G.M., Suomi, S.J. and Ferrari, P.F., 2016. Neonatal face-to-face interactions promote later social behaviour in infant rhesus monkeys. Nature Communications, 7 (1): 11940. ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

In primates, including humans, mothers engage in face-to-face interactions with their infants, with frequencies varying both within and across species. However, the impact of this variation in face-to-face interactions on infant social development is unclear. Here we report that infant monkeys (Macaca mulatta) who engaged in more neonatal face-to-face interactions with mothers have increased social interactions at 2 and 5 months. In a controlled experiment, we show that this effect is not due to physical contact alone: monkeys randomly assigned to receive additional neonatal face-to-face interactions (mutual gaze and intermittent lip-smacking) with human caregivers display increased social interest at 2 months, compared with monkeys who received only additional handling. These studies suggest that face-to-face interactions from birth promote young primate social interest and competency.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Nature Communications
Creators: Dettmer, A.M., Kaburu, S.S.K., Simpson, E.A., Paukner, A., Sclafani, V., Byers, K.L., Murphy, A.M., Miller, M., Marquez, N., Miller, G.M., Suomi, S.J. and Ferrari, P.F.
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Date: 14 June 2016
Volume: 7
Number: 1
ISSN: 2041-1723
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10.1038/ncomms11940DOI
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Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Jan 2019 08:53
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 08:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35684

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