Infant Calming Responses during Maternal Carrying in Humans and Mice





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Published on Apr 18, 2013

Kuroda Research Unit of RIKEN Brain Science Institute.
Kumi Kuroda unit leader, Gianluca Esposito postdoctoral researcher,
Sachine Yoshida postdoctoral researcher.

Mother-infant bonding is the earliest and most critical social relationship of mammalian infants, one that is promoted by an infant's innate desire to be close to his or her mother (protesting upon separation). Little is known about the mechanisms underlying these behaviors. Esposito, Yoshida and colleagues have found that both human infants and mouse pups undergo a specific relaxation response to being carried by their mothers, reducing crying, movement and heart rate.

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