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The contribution of comparative research to the development and testing of life history models of human attachment and reproductive strategies

  • Dario Maestripieri (a1)

Research with nonhuman primates can make important contributions to life history models of human attachment and reproductive strategies, such as: including parental responsiveness into female reproductive strategies, testing the assumption that adult attachment is a reproductive adaptation, assessing genetic and environmental effects on attachment and reproduction, and investigating the mechanisms through which early stress results in accelerated reproductive maturation.

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Maestripieri, D. (2005a) Effects of early experience on female behavioural and reproductive development in rhesus macaques. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 272:1243–48.
Maestripieri, D. (2005b) On the importance of comparative research for the understanding of human behavior and development: A reply to Gottlieb & Lickliter (2004). Social Development 14:181–86.
Maestripieri, D. & Roney, J. R. (2006) Evolutionary developmental psychology: Contributions from comparative research with nonhuman primates. Developmental Review 26:120–37.
Maestripieri, D., Roney, J. R., DeBias, N., Durante, K. M. & Spaepen, G. M. (2004) Father absence, menarche, and interest in infants among adolescent girls. Developmental Science 7:560–66.
Roney, J. R. & Maestripieri, D. (2002) The importance of comparative and phylogenetic analyses in the study of adaptation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25:525.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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