An article in the publication Ladders features Dr. Nathan A. Fox’s long-term behavioral research linking infant and adult temperament.
The Ladders article highlights findings suggesting that infant behavior predicts an individual’s personality in adulthood more than 20 years later. For example, the study found that infants with behavioral inhibition often grew into reserved and introverted adults.
“We have studied the biology of behavioral inhibition over time and it is clear that it has a profound effect influencing developmental outcome,” Dr. Fox told Ladders.
The full study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Fox is a distinguished university professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He has research interests in child temperament, development of emotion and infant social cognition.