It's amazing how responsive babies are to the world around them. To study this further, an experiment was conducted by Boston's Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, called "Still Face".
Ed Tronick, is the director of Boston's Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Here he discusses the cognitive abilities of infants to read and react to their social surroundings.
Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization, to periods of bad but repairable socialization.
In "ugly" situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.
The video shows a mother playing with her baby, but suddenly she stops showing emotions.
For the sake of the experiment she refuse to give her baby any kind of attention for a short period of time, to see how the baby reacts.
Here are the results:
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