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Formative Experiences
The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology

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Carol M. Worthman, Constance A. Cummings, Robert A. LeVine, Marc Bornstein, Moshe Szyf, Patrick O. McGowan, Gustavo Turecki, Michael Meaney, Christoph Wiedenmayer, Matilda E. Nowakowski, Louis A. Schmidt, Geoff Hall, Carol Zitzer-Comfort, Judith Reilly, Julie R. Korenberg, Ursula Bellugi, Hillary N. Fouts, Myron A. Hofer, Klaus K. Minde, Amy L. Busch, Alicia F. Lieberman, Jill E. Korbin, Emeran A. Mayer, Stefan Brunnhuber, M. Mar Sánchez, Kai M. McCormack, Dario Maestripieri, Dante Cicchetti, Ronald G. Barr, Daniel S. Schechter, Thomas S. Weisner, Urs M. Nater, Christine M. Heim, Jean Briggs, Vivette Glover, Karla Jessen Williamson, Laurence Kirmayer, Sally B. Seraphin, Martin H. Teicher, Keren Rabi, Yi-Shin Sheu, Susan L. Andersen, Carl M. Anderson, Jeewook Choi, Akemi Tomoda, Eileen Anderson-Fye, Frank W. Putnam, Anne E. Becker, Gilbert Herdt, Robert Lemelson, Ninik Supartini, Emily Ng, Jaap M. Koolhaas, Michael D. De Bellis, Sergio Pellis, Vivien C. Pellis, Christine J. Reinhart, Kim L. Huhman, Jonathan Hill, Aaron Jasnow, Kerry Ressler, James Wilce, Jaak Panksepp, Neal Halfon, Emily S. Barrett, Alice Kuo, Linda Richter, Jennifer Harris Requejo, Flavia Bustreo
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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521895033

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  • This interdisciplinary book offers a unique exploration of the formative effects of children's early life experiences, with an emphasis on interactions among neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and cultural dynamics. The authors draw on insights from psychobiological, clinical, and cross-cultural comparative research that maps the robustness of these developmental dynamics across species and societies. Multidisciplinary case studies focus on specific periods of development, or windows of susceptibility, during which caregiving and other cultural practices potentially have a long-lasting impact on brain and behavior. Chapters describe in detail: how social experience interacts with neurodevelopmental disorders; how epigenetic mechanisms mediate the effects of early environment; the interaction of temperament and environmental influences; the implications of early life stress or trauma for mental health and well-being; and the cultural shaping of sexual development and gender identity. The authors also explore key aspects of and common experiences associated with modern childhood, including teasing, bullying, the function of social play, emotional regulation, and management of attention disorders. The final section translates insights from this work into a fresh appraisal of child-rearing practices, clinical interventions, and global public health policy that affect the mental health and well-being of children around the world.

    • Interdisciplinarity: the book presents developmental psychobiological, clinical and cultural perspectives, allowing readers to sample cutting edge research and scholarship being conducted within and outside their own disciplines
    • Multi-level analysis: the book focuses on formative experiences in the child in different social and cultural contexts and at many different levels, including genetic and epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral, clinical, cultural, political, historical and social dimensions
    • International in scope: chapters and case studies cover development in Indonesia, central Africa, South Africa and the Arctic Circle, as well as North America
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “A wonderful book for all professionals whose work touches the lives of children and their caregivers, and others in allied fields!”
    – T. Berry Brazelton, Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Harvard Medical School

    “A rich and highly diverse collection of papers that illuminate some of the complex puzzles lying at the interface of development, experience, and biology. Scholars interested in the new evidence on epigenetic processes, Williams syndrome, and cultural influences should profit from this volume.”
    – Jerome Kagan, Harvard University

    Formative Experiences is a marvelous collection on the frontier of knowledge about the role of the environment in social and emotional development. Its range of contributions – from the developmental psychobiology laboratory to the exotic cross-cultural field study and the clinical challenges of psychological suffering – make it unique, and the distinction of its authors make it indispensable. It sets a new standard for multilevel analysis in this rich and exciting realm of science.”
    – Melvin Konner, author of The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind

    "Interdisciplinary cross-cultural research on the formative impact of experiences in childhood, including bullying and other stresses."
    –Chronicle of Higher Education

    "...The multidisciplinary approach encourages a transactional view of developmental plasticity and variation and includes both animal and ethnographic studies. Excellent commentaries follow many of the chapters and provide undergraduates with excellent models of critiques and discussions... Highly recommended..."
    --J. Mercer, emerita, Richard Stockton College, CHOICE

    "....Formative Experiences is a must-have for scholars interested in the biology of child development in cross-cultural context. It does a remarkable job of capturing the key points of what must have been a fascinating conference.... Formative Experiences would be an excellent catalyst for an interdisciplinary seminar on child development.... provide a broad playing field for graduate students in anthropology, developmental psychology, human biology, genetics, medicine, neurobiology, and related disciplines....."
    --Mark V. Flinn, University of Missouri, American Journal of Human Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521895033
    • length: 624 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 163 x 44 mm
    • weight: 0.97kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Carol M. Worthman and Constance A. Cummings
    Part I. Historical, Cross-Cultural, and Developmental Science Perspectives:
    1. Plasticity and variation: cultural influences on parenting and early child development within and across populations Robert A. LeVine
    2. From measurement to meaning in caregiving and culture Marc Bornstein
    Part II. How Experience Interacts with Biological Development:
    3. Epigenetics and the social environment Moshe Szyf, Patrick O. McGowan, Gustavo Turecki and Michael Meaney
    4. Sensitive periods in the early development of mammals Christoph Wiedenmayer
    5. Confluence of individual and caregiver influences on socioemotional development in typical and atypical populations Matilda E. Nowakowski, Louis A. Schmidt and Geoff Hall
    6. We are social - therefore we are: the interplay of mind, culture, and genetics in Williams Syndrome Carol Zitzer-Comfort, Judith Reilly, Julie R. Korenberg and Ursula Bellugi
    Part III. Formative Relationships Within and Across Generations:
    7. Ethnographic case study: Bofi foragers and farmers: case studies on the determinants of parenting behavior and early childhood experiences Hillary N. Fouts
    Commentary Myron A. Hofer
    Commentary Klaus K. Minde
    8. Clinical case study: good expectations: a case study of perinatal child-parent psychotherapy to prevent the intergenerational transmission of trauma Amy L. Busch and Alicia F. Lieberman
    Commentary Jill E. Korbin
    Commentary Emeran A. Mayer and Stefan Brunnhuber
    9. Ethological case study: infant abuse in Rhesus Macaques M. Mar Sánchez, Kai M. McCormack and Dario Maestripieri
    Commentary Dante Cicchetti
    Commentary Ronald G. Barr
    10. Clinical case study: multigenerational ataques de nervios in a Dominican-American family: a form of intergenerational transmission of violent trauma? Daniel S. Schechter
    Commentary Thomas S. Weisner
    Commentary Urs M. Nater and Christine M. Heim
    Part IV. Social and Cultural Contexts of Childhood Development: Normative Settings, Practices, and Consequences:
    11. Ethnographic case study: Inuit morality play and the Danish medical officer Jean Briggs
    Commentary Vivette Glover
    Commentary Karla Jessen Williamson and Laurence Kirmayer
    12. Ontogenetic perspectives on the neurobiological basis of psychopathology following abuse and neglect Sally B. Seraphin, Martin H. Teicher, Keren Rabi, Yi-Shin Sheu, Susan L. Andersen, Carl M. Anderson, Jeewook Choi and Akemi Tomoda
    13. Ethnographic case study: Maria: cultural change and post-traumatic stress in the life of a Belizean adolescent girl Eileen Anderson-Fye
    Commentary Frank W. Putnam
    Commentary Anne E. Becker
    14. Sex-gender, culture, and development: issues in the emergence of puberty and attraction Gilbert Herdt
    Part V. Fear, Fun, and the Boundaries of Social Experience:
    15. Ethnographic case study: Anak PKI: a longitudinal case study of the effects of social ostracism, violence and bullying on an adolescent Javanese boy Robert Lemelson, Ninik Supartini and Emily Ng
    Commentary Jaap M. Koolhaas
    Commentary Michael D. De Bellis
    16. The evolution of social play Sergio Pellis, Vivien C. Pellis and Christine J. Reinhart
    17. Ethological case study: social stress as a formative experience: neurobiology of conditioned defeat Kim L. Huhman
    Commentary Jonathan Hill
    Commentary Aaron Jasnow and Kerry Ressler
    Commentary James Wilce
    18. The basic affective circuits of mammalian brains: implications for healthy human development and the cultural landscapes of ADHD Jaak Panksepp
    Part VI. Public Health, Education, and Policy Implications:
    19. Translations from human development to public policy Neal Halfon, Emily S. Barrett and Alice Kuo
    20. Global perspectives on the wellbeing of children Linda Richter
    21. Global perspectives on the wellbeing of children: a response Jennifer Harris Requejo and Flavia Bustreo.

  • Editors

    Carol M. Worthman, Emory University, Atlanta
    Carol M. Worthman, Ph.D., is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology at Emory University. She combines laboratory, field, and population research for the study of biocultural dynamics in human development, reproduction, and mental and physical health. Her research has spanned twelve countries, including Kenya, South Africa, Nepal, Egypt, Japan, and Papua New Guinea, as well as rural, urban, and semi-urban areas of the United States.

    Paul M. Plotsky, Emory University, Atlanta
    Paul M. Plotsky, Ph.D., is the GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. Plotsky has adjunct appointments in the departments of cell biology and psychology and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He is on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, the Endocrine Training Program, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and the undergraduate Neurobiology and Behavior Program. His research is focused on the interaction between genes and the perinatal environment in shaping the developing nervous system. Using rodent and nonhuman primate models in collaboration with clinical researchers, he has developed animal models of vulnerability to a variety of psychiatric and medical diseases.

    Daniel S. Schechter, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
    Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., is the Director of the Consult-Liaison and Parent-Infant Research Units of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at the Children's Hospital, University Hospitals of Geneva, and the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Developmental Neuroscience and Behavior, and Director of Child Research at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. The focus of his research is the understanding of the psychological and neurobiological processes that underlie the intergenerational transmission of violence, trauma, and associated psychopathology during formative early development and in the context of the parent-child relationship. He is currently prospectively exploring pre- and post-natal predictors of individual differences in general child outcome and in response to psychosocial intervention.

    Constance A. Cummings, Foundation for Psychocultural Research, California
    Constance A. Cummings, Ph.D., is project director of the non-profit Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports interdisciplinary research and scholarship in anthropology, psychiatry, and the behavioral neurosciences, with an emphasis on the interactions between biology and culture. She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University.

    Contributors

    Carol M. Worthman, Constance A. Cummings, Robert A. LeVine, Marc Bornstein, Moshe Szyf, Patrick O. McGowan, Gustavo Turecki, Michael Meaney, Christoph Wiedenmayer, Matilda E. Nowakowski, Louis A. Schmidt, Geoff Hall, Carol Zitzer-Comfort, Judith Reilly, Julie R. Korenberg, Ursula Bellugi, Hillary N. Fouts, Myron A. Hofer, Klaus K. Minde, Amy L. Busch, Alicia F. Lieberman, Jill E. Korbin, Emeran A. Mayer, Stefan Brunnhuber, M. Mar Sánchez, Kai M. McCormack, Dario Maestripieri, Dante Cicchetti, Ronald G. Barr, Daniel S. Schechter, Thomas S. Weisner, Urs M. Nater, Christine M. Heim, Jean Briggs, Vivette Glover, Karla Jessen Williamson, Laurence Kirmayer, Sally B. Seraphin, Martin H. Teicher, Keren Rabi, Yi-Shin Sheu, Susan L. Andersen, Carl M. Anderson, Jeewook Choi, Akemi Tomoda, Eileen Anderson-Fye, Frank W. Putnam, Anne E. Becker, Gilbert Herdt, Robert Lemelson, Ninik Supartini, Emily Ng, Jaap M. Koolhaas, Michael D. De Bellis, Sergio Pellis, Vivien C. Pellis, Christine J. Reinhart, Kim L. Huhman, Jonathan Hill, Aaron Jasnow, Kerry Ressler, James Wilce, Jaak Panksepp, Neal Halfon, Emily S. Barrett, Alice Kuo, Linda Richter, Jennifer Harris Requejo, Flavia Bustreo

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