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Avances en Psicología Latinoamericana

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BORDONI, Mariana; ESPANOL, Silvia  and  DE GRANDE, Pablo. The Incidence of Affect Attunement and Imitation in Early Social-Visual Engagement. Av. Psicol. Latinoam. [online]. 2016, vol.34, n.3, pp.487-503. ISSN 1794-4724.

A quasi-experimetal longitudinal study was conducted. Its aim is to evaluate the effects of affect attunement in baby’s visual engagement. The pattern of infant’s looking (frequency and average duration gaze directed to the experimenter) was analyzed between 6 to 12 months in three social interaction conditions: affect attunement, imitation and prototypical social interaction. Linear regression models have shown that age and condition of interaction operate as factors with independent effects on infant gaze. With age, frequency increases and average duration of gaze decreases for all conditions of interaction. During the studied period, beyond the kind of social interaction, a general development of pattern of looking takes place. Regard to interaction condition, affect attunement generated the lowest values of infant’s visual-engagement. Affect attunement is a pattern of reciprocity that generates intersubjective contact beyond looking. It allows to accompanying infant activity without distracting her visual attention which can then remain oriented to environment.

Keywords : affect attunement; gaze; imitation; early interaction.

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