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Mothers, fathers, and infants: the role of person familiarity and parental involvement in infants' perception of emotion expressions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12361304     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The roles of person familiarity and parental involvement in 3.5-month-old infants' sensitivity to the dynamic emotion expressions of others were explored. In the home, parental facial/vocal expressions (happy, sad, angry) were videotaped, and measures of parent-infant involvement were obtained. In the laboratory, 32 infants alternately viewed their mother and father and an unfamiliar woman and man portraying expressions in an intermodal preference task. Infants looked differentially at mothers' expressions but not at those of fathers or unfamiliar adults. Examination of parent-child involvement patterns revealed significant relations with infants' sensitivity to expressions. Results suggest that person familiarity may facilitate infants' developing understanding of others' emotion expressions, and that individual differences in family dynamics may be relevant to infants' patterns of responding.
Diane R F Montague; Arlene S Walker-Andrews
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2002 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-03     Completed Date:  2003-02-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1339-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Auditory Perception
Facial Expression*
Infant Behavior / psychology
Middle Aged
Parent-Child Relations*
Videotape Recording
Visual Perception
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