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Dev Psychobiol. 2012 May;54(4):451-9. doi: 10.1002/dev.20596. Epub 2011 Sep 27.

Haptic processing in newborns of depressed and nondepressed mothers.

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Laboratoire Cognitions Humaine et Artificielle (CHArt), Paris, France.

Abstract

This study was conducted to compare how newborns of depressed mothers and newborns of nondepressed mothers gather tactile information about texture. Spontaneous manual activity on objects with a smooth or rough texture was recorded in 20 newborns born of mothers with a high risk of depression or a low risk of depression. An important result of the present study is that texture-based modulation of hand-pressing frequency was observed in both neonates born of depressed mothers and neonates born of nondepressed mothers. Moreover, hand-pressing frequency did not depend on the pressure exerted on the object, since all neonates displayed comparable pressure on the held object. Lastly, the results revealed that newborns of depressed mothers held the rough object twice as long as newborns of nondepressed mothers. These results are analyzed in reference to deregulated biochemical functions in neonates born of mothers with a high risk of depression.

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21953351
DOI:
10.1002/dev.20596
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