Infants’ understanding of their social world
Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world


In this course we have considered three different views about the origins of infant sociability. According to Trevarthen, infants have motives that mean from birth they can engage in primitive communication with other people; Meltzoff believes that the ‘like-me’ understanding of infants can provide the basis for the development of social abilities, and Zeedyk suggests that social abilities emerge from the experience of interaction, particularly through the attention of others and the process of imitation.

Which view do you favour and why? In answering this question, compare and contrast the claims of these three researchers.


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