A descriptive analysis of infant social referencing.

  title={A descriptive analysis of infant social referencing.},
  author={R Hornik and Megan R. Gunnar},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={59 3},
The study was designed to provide a descriptive analysis of the frequency and patterning of social referencing in a seminaturalistic setting. 32 infants, half of them 12 and half 18 months old, were observed exploring a caged rabbit with their mothers present. Referencing was operationalized as looks directed toward the mother following a look to the rabbit, accompanied by quizzical facial or vocal expressions. As a function of initial reaction to the rabbit, the infants were classified as wary… CONTINUE READING