Mothers' recognition of their newborns by olfactory cues
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1987 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 587–591, November 1987
How to Cite
Kaitz, M., Good, A., Rokem, A. M. and Eidelman, A. I. (1987), Mothers' recognition of their newborns by olfactory cues. Dev. Psychobiol., 20: 587–591. doi: 10.1002/dev.420200604
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 APR 1987
- Manuscript Revised: 14 NOV 1986
- Manuscript Received: 24 JUL 1986
We report that 90% of women tested in the present study identified their newborns by olfactory cues after only 10 min-1 hr exposure to their infants. All of the women tested recognized their babies' odor after exposure periods greater than 1 hr. The robust results are due in part to the implementation of an initial screening phase in which individuals with obvious olfactory deficits were excluded from the sample. These results suggest that odor cues from newborns are even more salient to their mothers than have been thought heretofore.