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ERIC Number: EJ834442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
First Things First: Infants Make Good Use of the Sympathetic Rhythm of Imitation, without Reason or Language
Trevarthen, Colwyn
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v31 n1 p91-113 Apr 2005
Research on communication with infants, including newborns, has demonstrated that imitations in great variety play many different parts, and with emotions of interest and pleasure. Matching another's actions may seek attention and provoke reply, accept or reject advances, express admiration or mockery. It seems best to regard imitating as one way that persons express and receive sympathetic awareness, one manifestation of the intuitive readiness to move rhythmically with others in games of sociability. Infants exhibit growing awareness of how to cooperate with others in gaining knowledge and skills. The intersubjective intuitions that are active early in life and that build trust and companionship must be significant for therapists who work with young patients for whom communication is difficult. Imitating and accepting imitations can build reciprocal confidence. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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