Tag Archives: Breakdown Of Maternal Bond

The ‘Still Face’ Experiment

still face experiment

As new born babies, we enter the world ‘hard wired’ (i.e. neurologically predisposed) and driven to form a powerful bond with our primary carer.

How well the quality of this bond (which psychologists normally refer to as ‘attachment’) develops has a critical impact on the infant’s psychological and emotional development.

Indeed, if the manner in which the bond develops is … Read the rest

What Studies on ‘Unloved’ Rats Tell us about Effects of Childhood Trauma


It is being increasingly recognized by research psychologists that the environment we are brought up in has a critical effect upon our later development and functioning. As in all areas of medical research, animal studies play a vital role in helping us to understand the possible causes of human psychological pathology.

Key studies on how early experiences can have adverse … Read the rest