Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Research Article: Coordination of Emotions in Mother-Infant Dialogues

Theano S. Kokkinaki (Department of Psychology, University of Crete)
V.G.S. Vasdekis (Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business)
Zaharenia E. Koufaki (Department of Psychology, University of Crete)
Colwyn B. Trevarthen (Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh)

Paper Highlights

  • Emotional coordination that results in matching and attunement of facial expressions in infant-mother dialogues requires that both mothers and infants adjust the timing, form and energy of their emotional expressions to obtain inter-synchrony.
  • The developmental changes of expression of emotional matching and non-matching confirmed developmental transformations in the infant’s social awareness,
  • We provided evidence that infants take initiative to control a happy and playful dialogic engagement with their mothers.

Author keywords: mother–infant interaction, facial expressions of emotion, emotional coordination, emotional non-matching, emotional completion, innate inter subjectivity

DOI: 10.1002/icd.1973

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