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The importance of mother-infant communication for social bond formation in mammals.
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PMID:  22694327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Mother-infant bonding is a universal relationship of all mammalian species. Here, we describe the role of reciprocal communication between mother and infant in the formation of bonding for several mammalian species. Mother-infant bond formation is reinforced by various social cues or stimuli, including communicative signals, such as odor and vocalizations, or tactile stimuli. The mother also develops cross-modal sensory recognition of the infant, during bond formation. Many studies have indicated that the oxytocin neural system plays a pivotal role in bond formation by the mother; however, the underlying neural mechanisms for infants have not yet been clarified. The comparative understanding of cognitive functions of mother and infants may help us understand the biological significance of mother-infant communication in mammalian species.
Shota Okabe; Miho Nagasawa; Kazutaka Mogi; Takefumi Kikusui
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Animal science journal = Nihon chikusan Gakkaihō     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1740-0929     ISO Abbreviation:  Anim. Sci. J.     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100956805     Medline TA:  Anim Sci J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 The Authors. Animal Science Journal © 2012 Japanese Society of Animal Science.
Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Azabu University, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara, Japan.
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