Toys delay the infant's following of his mother


Journal Article

Conducted 2 experiments to test some conditions that might delay the human infant's following of his mother. In Exp. I with 20 10-mo-old infants, Ss placed in an empty, unfamiliar room followed with little delay, but Ss placed with 1 toy played for several minutes before following. Little distress was noted during the separation. In a 2nd trial, Ss who had the toy for the 1st time followed later, played more, and cried less than Ss who previously had the same toy. In Exp. II with 26 Ss, 1 or 6 toys delayed following and did not differ reliably in their effect. Thus following, discussed in the literature as an attachment response, was not evoked immediately by the mother's departure, but instead was controlled by the number and novelty of toys. (21 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1972 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Corter, CM; Rheingold, HL; Eckerman, CO

Published Date

  • January 1, 1972

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 138 - 145

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/h0032194

Citation Source

  • Scopus