Emerging social regulatory capacities as seen in the still-face situation.


Early mother-infant interactions support infants' abilities to deal with stressful situations such as the withdrawal of maternal attention. The "still-face" paradigm provides a framework for studying the range of social regulatory capacities available to infants during stressful times. This study examined the responses of 62 3-4-month-old infants during the still-face situation. Infants' responses were coded in real time along 3 dimensions: gaze, affect, and state. 3 findings are presented: (1) Generally, infants responded to the still-face situation with predominantly neutral affect and looking away from their mothers. (2) Infants who looked longer at their mothers early in the still-face showed longer early positive affect and protested her absence less. (3) Girls more often showed an intensely negative response to the still-face. These findings are discussed in the context of the development of social regulatory capacities in infancy.


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@article{Mayes1990EmergingSR, title={Emerging social regulatory capacities as seen in the still-face situation.}, author={Linda C. Mayes and Alice S. Carter}, journal={Child development}, year={1990}, volume={61 3}, pages={754-63} }