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The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives

Peter J. Marshall and Nathan A. Fox


This volume presents an overview of contemporary work on certain aspects of social engagement across a range of contexts, species, and domains. Early social engagement is defined in terms of its subcomponents and a summary of a number of current biological approaches to the study of social engagement in infants and young children is given. Approach-related behaviour is introduced as an essential but understudied characteristic of temper that indicates developing processes of social engagement. A series of chapters is focused on cognitive capacities related to social-engagement development, inc ... More

Keywords: social engagement, cognitive function, institutionalization, behavioural research, social development, social behaviour

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168716
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Marshall, editor
Temple University

Nathan A. Fox, editor
University of Maryland

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