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The link between maternal interaction style and infant action understanding.
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PMID:  17707913     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study investigates whether the maternal interaction style is related to 6-month-old infants' action interpretation. We tested 6-month-olds ability to interpret an unfamiliar human action as goal-directed using a modified version of the paradigm used by Woodward, A. L. (1999). Infant's ability to distinguish between purposeful and non-purposeful behaviours. Infant Behavior & Development, 22, 145-160 and Király, I., Jovanovic, B., Prinz, W., Aschersleben, G., & Gergely, G. (2003). The early origins of goal attribution in infancy. Consciousness & Cognition, 12, 732-751. Additionally, all infants and their mothers participated in a free play situation to assess maternal interaction styles as measured by the CARE-Index. According to mothers' distinct interaction styles, infants were divided into three groups. Results suggest that at 6 months of age infants of mothers with a modestly controlling interaction style are better at interpreting a human action as goal-directed than infants of sensitive and relative unresponsive mothers. The ability to understand human action as goal-directed might be a corollary of an adaptive strategy in infancy.
Tanja Hofer; Annette Hohenberger; Petra Hauf; Gisa Aschersleben
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-07     Completed Date:  2008-02-21     Revised Date:  2008-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Consultorio Familiare Alto Adige, Via Cassa di Risparmio 13, 39100 Bolzano, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Cluster Analysis
Mental Processes / physiology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity

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