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Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development: From Research to Practice and Policy

Darcia Narvaez, Jaak Panksepp, Allan N. Schore, and Tracy R. Gleason


The field of cognitive psychology is in a state of empirical abundance, and experts now know more about mammalian brain function than ever before. In contrast, psychological problems such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression are on the rise, as are medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune disorders. Why, in this era of unprecedented scientific self-knowledge, does there seem to be so much uncertainty about what humans need for optimal development? Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development asserts that human development is being misshaped by government policies, ... More

Keywords: environment of evolutionary adaptedness, human evolution, parenting, child development, health, well-being, stress reactivity, epigenetics, play, childbirth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darcia Narvaez, editor
University of Notre Dame

Jaak Panksepp, editor
Washington State University

Allan N. Schore, editor

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{ SECTION I } Human Nature: The Effects of Evolution and Environment

{ 1 } The Value of Using an Evolutionary Framework for Gauging Children's Well-Being

Darcia Narvaez, Jaak Panksepp, Allan N. Schore, and Tracy R. Gleason

{ 6 } Dopamine: Another “Magic Bullet” for Caregiver Responsiveness?

Viara Mileva-Seitz, Veronica M. Afonso, and Alison S. Fleming

Section II Early Experience: The Effects of Cultural Practice

{ 10 } Touch and Pain Perception in Infants

Tiffany Field, and Maria Hernandez-Reif

{ 11 } Infant Feeding Practices

Zaharah Sulaiman, Lisa H. Amir, and Pranee Liamputtong

{ 12 } Developmental Optimization

Darcia Narvaez, and Tracy R. Gleason

Section III Themes in Human Evolution

{ 13 } Play, Plasticity, and Ontogeny in Childhood

Anthony D. Pellegrini, and Adam F. A. Pellegrini

{ Commentary } Play in Hunter-Gatherers

Barry S. Hewlett, and Adam H. Boyette

SECTION IV Perspectives and Counterperspectives

Section V Conclusion

{ 23 } The Future of Human Nature: Implications for Research, Policy, and Ethics

Darcia Narvaez, Jaak Panksepp, Allan N. Schore, and Tracy R. Gleason

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