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(2010) The Impact of Relationships on Individual Variation (MP3 Audioset)
 
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Complete MP3 audio set on one disk from the 2010 Spring Conference

Part I
Welcome and Introduction

Variation in Sociability: Genetic and Nongenetic Family Influences - Lynn Fairbanks, PhD
Research with vervet monkeys illustrates the complex ways the family can influence individual differences in the ability to initiate, attract, and maintain social relationships.

Using Maternal Style or Differentiation of Self to Explore Variation in Functioning of Offspring - Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA
Studies investigating maternal behavior employ typologies of maternal styles to investigate variation in offspring functioning. Bowen theory offers a potentially robust alternative.

Variation in Early Face-To-Face Interactions in Rhesus Monkey Mother-Infant Dyads - Stephen J. Suomi, PhD
Variation in the nature and frequency of early face-to-face interactions between rhesus monkey infants and their mothers appears to have significant long-term consequences for social-emotional development.


Part II
Variation as the Foundation of Permanence in Symbiotic Associations - Mary Beth Saffo, PhD
Many of the widespread, ecologically important, and evolutionarily successful symbioses are also variable ones. In what ways might such "impermanence" be a key to long-term persistence in many symbiotic associations?

Variation in Emotional Reactivity in Harvester Ants - LeAnn Howard, MSW, MA
Harvester ant colonies that are more flexible in the managing of reactivity are more effective in reproduction, productivity, and survival.

Behavioral Diversity in an Insect Society - Raghavendra Gadagkar, PhD
The primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidia marginata, shows inter-individual variation in behavior that has implications for social evolution.

Discussion - Michael E. Kerr, MD


Part III
The Ultra-Modern Synthesis - Michael E. Kerr, MD
By describing family relationship patterns seemingly identical to those in other species, Bowen theory can expand evolutionary theory.

Discussion - Mary Beth Saffo, PhD and Lynn Fairbanks, PhD


Part IV
Contribution of Nuclear Family Triangles to Variation in Physiological Reactivity - Victoria Harrison, MA
Physiological reactivity associated with anxiety reactions and symptoms of five members of one nuclear family are examined in light of triangles.

The Transgenerational Influence of Social Experiences: Implications for the Brain and Behavior - Frances Champagne, PhD
Research suggests an inheritance of variations in behavior induced by the quality of the social environment and possibly mediated by epigenetics.

Physiological Mediators in Family Emotional Process - Robert J. Noone, PhD
Family emotional process involves automatic behavioral and physiological patterns which contribute to variation in the functioning of individuals and the generations that follow.

Discussion - Esther Sternberg, MD


Part V
Individual Variability of Stress and Immune Responses: Contributing Factors and Implications for Mind-Body Interventions - Esther Sternberg, MD
The mind-body connection explains how stress can make one sick, how belief can help healing, and how the social world affects health. The physical environment can affect emotions negatively or positively.

Mind-Body Medicine, Relationship Systems, and Chronic Disease - Michael D. Lumpkin, PhD
Results from modern studies in psychoneuroimmunology and neuroendocrinology help to explain the mechanisms by which chronic stress of disordered relationship systems leads to persistent disease states.

Differentiation of Self in Mothers and Symptoms in Adolescence - Cynthia Larkby, PhD
Adverse experiences in childhood have long been associated with symptoms of poor functioning in adolescence and adulthood. Differentiation of self may attenuate this association.

Discussion - Jeffrey A. French, PhD


Part VI
How Individuals Turn Out Differently in Terms of Emotional Reactivity - Daniel V. Papero, PhD, MSSW
Individuals within a family unit vary in their emotionally reactive response to a given stimulus. How does such variability develop in the members of a given family?

The Evolution of Hormonal Mechanisms for Human Sociality - Mark Flinn, PhD
Hormonal mechanisms are crucial to critical issues in human evolution: our sensitivity to the social environment, our extended kin networks, and our stable mating relationships.

Implications of Bowen's Societal Regression Hypothesis for the Study of Human Behavior - Patricia A. Comella, JD
What is the link between human functioning as described in Bowen theory and the response to sustained chronic stress as described in the concept of societal regression?

Discussion - Barbara Smuts, PhD


Part VII
Presentation of the Caskie Research Award - Michael E. Kerr, MD and Ruth Riley Sagar, MA

Social Play in Dogs: Dyadic Variation and Change Over Time - Barbara Smuts, PhD
Dogs interact using a repertoire of ritualized signals, expressive behaviors, and mutually choreographed movements. These forms of communication manage anxiety and conflicts.

How Triangles Influence Variation in Sibling Relationships - Margaret Donley, MSW
The concept of the triangle illuminates how the family system influences the quality of sibling relationships.

Development of Primates in a Family Context - Jeffrey A. French, PhD
Marmoset monkeys develop in the context of highly variable care giving by mothers, fathers, and older siblings. Variation in early care affects differences in somatic and reproductive development and stress reactivity.

Discussion - Mark Flinn, PhD and Michael E. Kerr, MD


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