Author

Eric McDaniel

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Associate of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Craig Kinsley

Abstract

The Discriminating Mother: Own v. Alien and Male v. Female It is o en stated that one of the greatest bonds that exists is between mother and child. Previous research has shown that mothers experience modi cations in their brain chemistry and structure due to the e ects of pregnancy, parturition, and motherhood in animal models (Lambert & Kinsley, 2012). If an individual cannot have children of her own she may chose to adopt a child to l ll that niche and rge a similar bond. One may ask, however, whether this bond between mother and child is equivalent in strength whether rged in parturition or appropriatio adoption. Are there other discriminations that mothers make in their behavior towards their o spring? How·might these discriminations be mani sted in animal models?

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