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Volume 8 Issue 6 (November 2005), Pages F31-F36, 459-620

Sensitivity to social contingencies between 1 and 3 months of age (pages 509-518)

Abstract

Infants’ sensitivity to social contingencies was assessed. In Study 1, 1‐month‐old infants and their mothers interacted face‐to‐face in three types of imperfect contingent interactions: Normal, Non‐Contingent and Imitation. One‐month‐old infants did not discriminate these conditions. In Study 2, 3‐month‐old infants were tested as in Study 1. At 3 months of age, infants gazed reliably longer in the Imitation condition and smiled reliably more in the Normal than in the Non‐Contingent and Imitation interactions. These findings suggest a developmental transition in the sensitivity to social contingencies between 1 and 3 months of age. The relationship between the developing sensitivity to social contingencies and social cognition is discussed.

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