Life's First Feelings examines research techniques that open a window on infant emotions and allow scientists to explore the inner workings of a child's world. The program provides evidence that emotions serve important biological and social functions in the development of a child's personality.
The work of the following researchers is presented:
- René Spitz was the first to document the devastating effect of early emotional deprivation.
- Ed Tronick discusses patterns of turn-taking between an infant and his parent that help the infant control his emotions and allow the parent to determine the amount of stimulation needed by the infant.
- Camille Izard describes his theory that innate emotions are linked to specific facial expressions allowing infants to communicate their needs; he also presents the coding system he developed to classify infant facial expressions.
- Jerome Kagan discusses his studies on temperament which suggest that mood, activity level, and emotional intensity are biologically based and provide a strong inborn basis for personality development.
- Joseph Campos, Robert Emde and Mary Klinnert describe their work on the relationship of biological factors and environmental influences in the development of human emotions.
- Michael Lewis describes his work on identifying the advent of a child's sense of self and the development of social emotions.
- Marian Radke-Yarrow talks about the development of sympathy and empathy and how a child chooses between aggressive and empathetic behavior.
- Stanley Greenspan defines stages of emotional development and demonstrates the importance of early intervention.
Life's First Feelings seeks to show that infants begin life with a set of survival-oriented emotions and acquire social emotions as they pass through childhood.
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Includes: Closed-captioned DVD
Produced By: Lipscomb and Wander
Total Running Time: 60 minutes