Caregiver Interactions

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  • Created on: 04-03-20 09:45
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  • Caregiver Interactions
    • Reciprocity
      • Infants coordinate their actions with caregivers - like a conversation
      • From birth they move in rhythm with adults
      • This sensitivity to cues from the baby is key fort later attachment
    • Interactional Synchrony
      • When baby mirrors the actions of the other person
      • Body movements and facial expressions
      • These actions occur at the same time
    • Meltzoff & Moore (1997)
      • Adult displayed facial expressions
      • Baby had dummy in their mouth to prevent random movemnts
      • There was an association between the infant behaviour and that of the adults.
      • Infants imitated specific facial and hand gestures
    • Evaluation
      • Weaknesses
        • Unreliable, babies are usually in constant motion
        • There has been a failure to replicate research findings
        • Individual differences, strongly matched infants and caregivers showed greater interactional synchrony
      • Strengths
        • Application to later adult relationships
        • Important process in attachment
        • Suggests babies don't just imitate anything the see - usually animate objects


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