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Re: [xmca] Honestly....

After the famous Meltzoff and Moore study in 1977 we were all sticking our tongues out at newborns. An entire generation must have grown up traumatized - or at least deeply insulted.

Seriously, though, these kinds of detailed video records (which only became possible around that time; I was lugging a Sony Portapak around London to see if young infants imitated their own sounds more than those of other infants) opened up new vistas, not only on infant interaction of course, but many other interactional phenomena as well. I assume people here are familiar with Colwyn Trevarthan's groundbreaking work on 'intersubjectivity,' with split-screen films of adult-infant interaction, for example. Colwyn has some very interesting recent articles on this topic. 


On Apr 28, 2010, at 3:49 AM, Avis Ridgway wrote:

> Adding to Helen's observation, I have video of my son ( an audiologist) holding his 12 hours old daughter out in front of him along his arm, head supported in extended arm and hand ..., so that they are face to face. He is checking to see if she responds to him. He sticks his tongue out at her and she does this back to him. He calls to his wife who is videoing this from the hospital bed "did you see that??? He does it again and she "replies"/ copies"
> He tries something different. He does a yawn and YES she yawns back.  These responses are recorded on the video.
> As a researcher in early childhood, I can see that my granddaughter's early responses have been carefully noted, especially her speech development because her mother is a speech pathologist. Both parents paid very careful attention to record very early sounds and responses.  These video recordings over the first days , weeks and months and spoken observations are very helpful in showing that learning from birth is supported by a social situation, and also shows how parents 'in the know' observe with intention and how that interested observation builds abilities in the child to respond.
> Avis

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