Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

February 1991

Publication Source

Communication Theory

Volume

1

Issue

1

Start Page

4

Last Page

35

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-2885.1991.tb00002.x

Abstract

The biological origins of automated patterns of human interaction are explored. Automated patterns of interaction are distinguished from deliberate patterns. Automated patterns consist of two particular types: stimulation regulation and emotional responsiveness. Evidence for the biological origins of these patterns is obtained by studying the early interactions of infants and neonates, surveying the ethological parallels, exploring the evolutionary adaptiveness of the specific patterns, and ascertaining physiological, psychopharmacological, and brain mechanisms responsible for the patterns. Although circumstantial, the case for a biological basis for stimulation regulation and emotional responsiveness is very suggestive.

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This is the accepted version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2885.1991.tb00002.x.

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Date Posted: 03 April 2008

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