Emotions in Early Development

Emotions in Early Development

1st Edition - April 28, 1983

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  • Editors: Robert Plutchik, Henry Kellerman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269511

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Emotions in Early Development reviews important theoretical advances in the understanding of emotions in early development, paying particular attention to issues such as the extent to which infants are born with certain emotions; how one infers the existence of emotion in infants; and the relations between emotion and cognition. The connection between emotions and personality is also discussed, along with the role of parent-child interactions in the appearance and development of emotions. Comprised of 11 chapters, this volume begins with a summary of issues in the development of emotion in infancy, from the function of emotions to the problem of labeling affects in infants as well as the development of smile, stranger anxiety, and the sense of self. The next chapter examines the parent-infant communication system, with emphasis on the two-way, primarily nonverbal, interaction that takes place between mother and infant and the nature of the learning processes that occur in both the infant and the mother. The reader is then introduced to a concept known as social referencing, or the use of emotional information gained from another person to help evaluate situations. Subsequent chapters focus on individual differences in emotional expressions observed in one-year-old infants; Piaget's theory of cognitive development and its implications for a theory of emotions; emotional sequences and consequences; and the relationship between attachment and separation processes in infancy. The final chapter integrates an epigenetic view of emotions with psychoanalytic concepts. This book will be of interest to child psychologists.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    Contents of Volume 1

    Chapter 1 Issues in the Development of Emotion in Infancy

    The Infant Organism-Environment System

    Experiences Contributing to Emotional Style

    Beginnings of Precursors of Affect

    The Development of Emotional Attachments

    Feelings and the Self

    Implications for Research

    Problems Involved in Studying Emotion


    Chapter 2 Precursors for the Development of Emotions in Early Infancy

    Intrauterine “Learning”

    Neonatal Behavior as Evidence of “Learning”

    Communication during Neonatal Assessment

    Nurturant Envelope as a Precondition

    Mother’s Role

    Violation of the Expectancy for Interaction

    Preverbal Communication

    Stages of Regulation


    Chapter 3 Emotions as Behavior Regulators: Social Referencing in Infancy

    Social Referencing

    Empirical Work on Infant Social Referencing

    Levels of Utilization of Facial Expression Information

    Social Referencing and Implications for Emotion Theory



    Chapter 4 Individual Differences in Dimensions of Socioemotional Development in Infancy

    Security of Attachment and Its Affective Correlates

    Mother-Infant Interaction and the Development of Socioemotional Responsiveness

    Security of Attachment and Mother-Infant Interaction

    Research Strategies and Methods


    Appendix: Scale for Assessing Infant Distress Vocalizations


    Chapter 5 Affect and Intellect: Piaget’s Contributions to the Study of Infant Emotional Development

    Problems with Piaget’s “Data” on Emotional Development

    Piaget’s Database on Infant Emotional Development

    The Relation between Emotion and Cognition during the Sensorimotor Period

    Piaget’s Conceptual Framework, as Inferred from Infants’ Emotional Reactions

    The Contribution of Piaget’s Data to a Developmental Theory of the Emotions



    Chapter 6 Emotional Sequences and Consequences

    The Emotional Triumvirate: Fear, Anger, and Love

    Historical Perspectives

    Complex, Unlearned Responses

    Developmental, Maturational Sequence of the Three Emotions

    The Amelioration of Fear and Aggression

    Societal Implications


    Chapter 7 On the Relationship between Attachment and Separation Processes in Infancy

    The Parent-Infant Relationship as a Regulator

    Two Forms of Separation Hyperactivity in the Same-Age Infant

    Toward a Unified Theory


    Chapter 8 Emotions in Early Development: A Psychoevolutionary Approach

    Central Concepts of a Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotions

    Infant Ethograms


    Relation of Psychoevolutionary Theory to Emotions in Young Organisms


    Chapter 9 Emotional Development and Emotional Education

    The Primary Motivational/Emotional Systems

    Social Learning and Emotional Development

    The Course of Emotional Development and Education

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 10 On the Emergence, Functions, and Regulation of Some Emotion Expressions in Infancy

    The Emergence and Functions of the Expression of Anger

    The Regulation of the Expression of Emotions in Infancy

    Developmental, Clinical, and Research Implications of Differential Emotions Theory


    Chapter 11 An Epigenetic Theory of Emotions in Early Development

    Emotions as Unlearned—An Epigenetic View

    Emotion and Language

    Emotion and Object Relations Development

    The Deeper Structure of Emotion

    Emotion and Cognition

    Basic Emotions and Their Proposed Cognitive Dispositions



    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: April 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269511

About the Editors

Robert Plutchik

Henry Kellerman

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