ERIC Number: ED247703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Emergence of Interest in Social Interaction in Infancy.
The paper analyzes changes in conceptions of social interaction in infancy from a unidirectional process to a bidirectional one requiring dyadic analysis. Developments in the fields of ethology and comparative psychology are cited as are implications of early behaviorist research that pointed out the effects on the mother of the infant's behavior. The added dimension of interaction in bidirectional models is discussed. Additional input from personality theory regarding the importance of social contact on the development of the infant is noted. The notion of pre-adaptedness or preparedness for interaction is briefly cosidered, as are the effects of changes in the mother's behavior during the first year of her infant's life. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar on Early Intervention for Young Hearing-Impaired Children (Mt. Gravatt, Queensland, Australia, June 15-16, 1981). For the proceedings, see EC 170 057.