By George Serban

In March, 1974, a global Symposium used to be held on the Harmonie membership in ny to debate a hugely pertinent challenge in contemporary examine: the "Rele­ vance of the Animal Psychopathological version to the Human." This assembly used to be backed by means of the Kittay origin, which introduced jointly a superb team of scientists excited about commonly diverse fields of study. This quantity, it really is was hoping, will express the tone of full of life and cordial alternate among inter­ nationally well known investigators, together with Dr. I. Eibl-Eibesfeldt from Germany, Dr. Robert A. Hinde from England, Dr. Edward F. Domino from Michigan, and Dr. Pierre Pichot from France, Chairman of the steerage Committee. In his welcoming handle, Mr. Sol Kittay reminded us that guy has accomplished awesome keep watch over over his surroundings yet no longer over himself, and he urged that we should always reexamine our ancestral origins, and seek in animal habit for clues to the knowledge of ordinary and irregular habit in man.

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Suomi Preliminary results have been most encouraging. The data examined to date suggest that the severity of protest and despair was much reduced with increased exposure to the therapists. At present the subjects show high levels of play and low levels of clinging and withdrawal during therapy sessions. We will have to wait until the completion of the study to make a complete evaluation of the degree of maturational arrest, but the results as of now are promising. PERSPECTIVES At present, then, we have data relevant to two forms of psychopathology in monkeys-that which results from social isolation from birth and that which results from the breaking of attachment bonds under certain conditions.

The very fact that such processes occur in many vertebrate species serves to draw attention to a number of principles governing the development and organization of behavior which were omitted in the older traditions of theorizing but which appear to be of the greatest relevance for understanding clinical problems. From among these many principles I concentrate on two, both of which have far-reaching implications. First, the phenomenon of imprinting demonstrates that, at least in some species, persisting bonds between individuals can develop without any of the traditionally considered physiological drives having to be satisfied, and even in spite of punishment.

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