Heart rate deceleration during the grasping reflex

Emese Nagy (Lead / Corresponding author), Peter Molnar

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Heart rate changes were measured as a psychophysiological indicator during grasping reflex in 27 full-term healthy newborns at 2.5–50 h after birth. A significant heart rate deceleration accompanied the grasping response.

Conclusion: Reflex grasping of a mother's hand, as a component of human attachment behaviour, may have a positive calming effect on the infant's state and could have therapeutic value for high risk mother-infant dyads.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-577
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


  • Grasping reflex
  • Heart rate
  • Newborn


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