The Infant's Response to Entrapment between Contradictory Messages in Face-to-Face Interaction.
Tronick, Edward Ph.D.; Als, Heidelise Ph.D.; Adamson, Lauren Ph.D.; Wise, Susan B.A.; Brazelton, T. Berry M.D.
Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry.
17(1):1-13, Winter 1978.
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The normal feedback infants receive from their mothers in face-to-face interaction was distorted by having the mothers face their infants but remain facially unresponsive. The infants studied reacted with intense wariness and eventual withdrawal, demonstrating the importance of interactional reciprocity and the ability of infants to regulate their emotional displays.
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