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Author Kagan, Jerome.

Title The long shadow of temperament / Jerome Kagan & Nancy Snidman
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (292 pages) : illustrations
Contents Overview -- The tapestries of temperament -- Biological responses to unfamiliarity -- Behavioral and biological assessments -- Integrating behavior and biology -- Implications
Summary "Identifying two extreme temperamental types in very young babies - high-reactive and low-reactive - Kagan and his colleagues returned to these children as adolescents. One of the infant temperaments predicted a cautious, inhibited personality in early childhood and a dour, anxious mood in adolescence. The other temperamental bias predicted a bold, uninhibited childhood personality and an exuberant, sanguine mood in adolescence. These personalities were matched by different biological properties." "In a masterly summary of their wide-ranging exploration, Kagan and Snidman conclude that these two temperaments are the result of inherited biologies probably rooted in the differential excitability of particular brain structures. Through the authors appreciate that temperamental tendencies can be modified by experience, this compelling work reveals the long shadow that temperament can cast over psychological development."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-282) and index
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Subject Inhibition in children -- Longitudinal studies.
Inhibition -- Longitudinal studies.
Nature and nurture -- Longitudinal studies.
Temperament in children -- Longitudinal studies.
Temperament -- Longitudinal studies.
Child Behavior -- psychology.
Inhibition (Psychology)
Longitudinal Studies.
Genre/Form Longitudinal studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Snidman, Nancy C.
LC no. 2004040319
ISBN 0674015517 (alk. paper)
0674039262 (electronic bk.)
9780674015517 (alk. paper)
9780674039261 (electronic bk.)