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Attachment theory: the influence of early development

Attachment theory: the influence of early development

Professional

Maria Robinson
PhD
Independent Adviser in Early Development

How do children learn? This is the question posed by Ed Tronick at the beginning of the video presentation of his classic “still face” experiment.1 This was a procedure he and his colleagues devised back in the 1970s (that has been replicated many times since) to illustrate the exquisite sensitivity to facial expression and interaction that babies and very young children demonstrate when their parent(s)/carers briefly disengage from face-to-face play.

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