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The Effects of Parental Behavior on Infants' Neural Processing of Emotion Expressions

Taylor-Colls, S; Fearon, RMP; (2015) The Effects of Parental Behavior on Infants' Neural Processing of Emotion Expressions. Child Development , 86 (3) pp. 877-888. 10.1111/cdev.12348. Green open access

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Abstract

Infants become sensitive to emotion expressions early in the 1st year and such sensitivity is likely crucial for social development and adaptation. Social interactions with primary caregivers may play a key role in the development of this complex ability. This study aimed to investigate how variations in parenting behavior affect infants' neural responses to emotional faces. Event-related potentials (ERPs) to emotional faces were recorded from 40 healthy 7-month-old infants (24 males). Parental behavior was assessed and coded using the Emotional Availability Scales during free-play interaction. Sensitive parenting was associated with increased amplitudes to positive facial expressions on the face-sensitive ERP component, the negative central. Findings are discussed in relation to the interactive mechanisms influencing how infants neurally encode positive emotions.

Type: Article
Title: The Effects of Parental Behavior on Infants' Neural Processing of Emotion Expressions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12348
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12348
Additional information: Copyright © 2015 The Authors Child Development published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Research in Child Development. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. All rights reserved. 0009-3920/2015/8603-0015 DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12348
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462030
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