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Bornstein, Marc H.
Linda R. Cote
Marc H. Bornstein is probably best known for his research on parenting and children's development around the world. Few people (particularly the younger generation) may realize that he began his research career by studying perception and perceptual development in infants, in particular infants' perception of color (e.g., Bornstein, 1978). But a good research program raises more questions than it answers. In laboratory-based studies on infant habituation, Bornstein noticed that, other things being equal, infants habituated in different patterns and at different rates. This observation led him to question the origins of these individual differences, and he turned to infants' experiences (beyond their genetic endowment) as one likely source. As he wrote in the Handbook of Parenting , The developmental changes that take place in individuals during the 2½ years after their conception—the prenatal and the infancy periods—are more dramatic and thorough than any others in the lifespan. The body, the ...