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  The link between maternal interaction style and infant action understanding

Hofer, T., Hohenberger, A., Hauf, P., & Aschersleben, G. (2008). The link between maternal interaction style and infant action understanding. Infant Behavior and Development, 31(1), 115-126. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.07.003.

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Hofer, Tanja1, Author              
Hohenberger, Annette1, Author              
Hauf, Petra1, Author              
Aschersleben, Gisa, Author              
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Free keywords: Maternal interaction style; Infants; Early action understanding; Goal-directed actions
 Abstract: 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.

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 Dates: 2008
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 511954
Other: P8767
DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.07.003
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Title: Infant Behavior and Development
  Other : Infant Behav. Dev.
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Norwood, N.J. : JAI
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 31 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 115 - 126 Identifier: ISSN: 0163-6383
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925479567