Chapter 10. Developmental Effects of Selective Breeding for an Infant Trait

  1. Kathryn E. Hood3,
  2. Carolyn Tucker Halpern4,
  3. Gary Greenberg5 and
  4. Richard M. Lerner6
  1. Susan A. Brunelli1,
  2. Betty Zimmerberg2 and
  3. Myron A. Hofer1

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch10

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

How to Cite

Brunelli, S. A., Zimmerberg, B. and Hofer, M. A. (2010) Developmental Effects of Selective Breeding for an Infant Trait, in Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics (eds K. E. Hood, C. T. Halpern, G. Greenberg and R. M. Lerner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 3

    The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  2. 4

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  3. 5

    Wichita State University, USA

  4. 6

    Tufts University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Columbia University Medical Center, USA

  2. 2

    Williams College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187824

Online ISBN: 9781444327632



  • developmental effects of selective breeding - for an infant trait;
  • selective breeding study, understanding development of temperament and attachment in humans;
  • selective breeding for “Temperamental” traits;
  • behavioral inhibition in childhood–response pattern - child showing anxiety, distress or caution in response to novelty;
  • young children, uninhibited temperament - and Avoidant Attachment, higher aggression scores;
  • selective breeding, for high and low rates of separation-induced infant vocalizations;
  • early differences in brain monoamine systems;
  • Gilbert, and selective breeding (for adult traits) - results generally misinterpreted


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Selective Breeding for “Temperamental” Traits

  • Temperament in Children: Developmental Stability and Inheritance

  • Selective Breeding for High and Low Rates of Separation-Induced Infant Vocalizations

  • Early Differences in Brain Monoamine Systems

  • Social Behavior in Juvenile High and Low USV Line Rats

  • Developmental Continuity in Adult Affective Regulation in High and Low USV Lines

  • Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Regulation of Heart Rates in the USV Lines

  • Low USV Line Male–Male Aggression

  • A Possible Role for Epigenetic Effects

  • Conclusions

  • References