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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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BORDONI, MARIANA. Affect Attunement in Early Adult-Infant Interactions: A Review. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.1, pp.13-25. ISSN 0121-5469.

This article reviews research on affect attunement in early adult-infant interactions, following Stern's original definition. Affect attunement is a pattern of intuitive interaction to share the affective state of the infant. Although this concept has been clearly defined and widely accepted, until now few studies on this have been done. Most of those that have been done are observational and cross-sectional focusing on the description of mother-infant social play situations during the infant's first year. The article reflects on the scarceness of work done in this area and proposes future research areas: continuation of the study into the second year of life and in populations with development difficulties, an evaluation of the role of body disposition and the presence of objects in the frequency of affect attu-nement in spontaneous interactions.

Keywords : affect attunement; intersubjectivity; early interactions; infancy.

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