Journal article

Synchrony in mother-infant interaction: a possible neurophysiological base.

R Penman, R Meares, K Baker, J Milgrom-Friedman

Psychology and Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practice | Published : 1983


The extent to which mothers and their infants can synchronize their activity levels and cycles of engagement and disengagement has been seen as fundamental to healthy affective development in the infant. Ten mothers and their infants were studied to consider the possibility of a neurophysiological base to synchronization potential. The infants' neurophysiological capacities were examined within two to three days of birth using the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale. The same infants and their mothers were assessed in their interactions after three months. The mothers' physiological responses to stimulation also were examined. Significant correlations were found between neonatal ..

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