Intersubjective Communication and Emotion in Early Ontogeny

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The concept of "intersubjectivity" has emerged as a common denominator in approaches to infant communication and children's understanding of thought and emotion in others. This book brings together for the first time leading international figures in psychology, psychopathology, sociology, and primatology to address the key question of the role of intersubjectivity in early development. These distinguished contributors offer a new understanding of child development, learning and communication. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers in emotion and communication across the social and behavioral sciences.

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List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; Introduction; Part I. Intersubjective Attunement in Human Infancy and Impairment in Autism: 1. The concept and foundations of infant intersubjectivity Colwyn Trevarthen; 2. Infant intersubjectivity: broadening the dialogue to include imitation, identity and intention Andrew N. Meltzoff and M. Keith Moore; 3. Neonatal imitation in the intersubjective companion space Giannis Kugiumutzakis; 4. Imitation in neonates, in older infants and in children with autism: feedback to theory Mikael Heimann; 5. Infant learning by altercentric participation: the reverse of egocentric observation in autism Stein Bråten; Part II. Companionship and Emotional Responsiveness in Early Childhood: 6. Contributions of experimental and clinical perturbations of mother-infant communication to the understanding of infant intersubjectivity Lynne Murray; 7. Empathy and its origins in early development Ross A. Thompson; 8. Siblings, emotion and the development of understanding Judy Dunn; 9. The company children keep: suggestive evidence from cultural studies Carolyn Pope Edwards; Part III. Imitation, Emotion and Understanding in Primate Communication: 10. Ontogeny, communication and parent-offspring relationships Patrick Bateson; 11. Social-experiential contributions to imitation and emotion in chimpanzees Kim A. Bard; 12. Imitation: the contributions of priming and program-level copying Richard W. Byrne; 13. Do concepts of intersubjectivity apply to non-human primates? Juan Carlos Gomez; 14. Imitation and the reading of other minds: perspectives from the study of autism, normal children and non-human primates Andrew Whiten and Julie D. Brown; Part IV. Intersubjective Attunement and Emotion in Language Learning and Use: 15. The intersubjective foundations of thought R. Peter Hobson; 16. Language, culture and intersubjectivity: the creation of shared perception Patricia K. Kuhl; 17. Intersubjectivity in early language learning and use Nameera Akhtar and Michael Tomasello; 18. Fictional absorption: emotional response to make-believe Paul L. Harris; 19. Intersubjective attunement and linguistically mediated meaning in discourse Ragnar Rommetveit; 20. Intersubjective communion and understanding: development and perturbation Stein Bråten; References; Indexes.

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