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Maternal personality and infants' neural and visual responsivity to facial expressions of emotion.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2004 Oct; 45(7):1209-18.JC

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Recent investigations suggest that experience plays an important role in the development of face processing. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of experience in the development of the ability to process facial expressions of emotion.

METHOD

We examined the potential role of experience indirectly by investigating the relationship between the emotional environment provided by mothers (as indexed by affective measures of their personality) and 7-month-olds' processing of emotional expressions (as indexed by visual attention and event-related potentials [ERPs]).

RESULTS

For positive emotion, infants with highly positive mothers looked longer at fearful than happy expressions, and a subset of these infants who themselves also scored highly on positive temperament showed a larger negative central (Nc) component in the ERP to fearful than happy faces. For negative emotion, there were no detectable influences of maternal personality, although very fearful infants showed a larger Nc to fearful than happy expressions over the right hemisphere.

CONCLUSION

To the extent that these variations in maternal disposition reflect variations in their expression of positive facial expressions, these results suggest that the emotional environment experienced by infants contributes to the development of their responses to facial expressions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15335341

Citation

de Haan, Michelle, et al. "Maternal Personality and Infants' Neural and Visual Responsivity to Facial Expressions of Emotion." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, vol. 45, no. 7, 2004, pp. 1209-18.
de Haan M, Belsky J, Reid V, et al. Maternal personality and infants' neural and visual responsivity to facial expressions of emotion. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2004;45(7):1209-18.
de Haan, M., Belsky, J., Reid, V., Volein, A., & Johnson, M. H. (2004). Maternal personality and infants' neural and visual responsivity to facial expressions of emotion. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 45(7), 1209-18.
de Haan M, et al. Maternal Personality and Infants' Neural and Visual Responsivity to Facial Expressions of Emotion. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2004;45(7):1209-18. PubMed PMID: 15335341.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal personality and infants' neural and visual responsivity to facial expressions of emotion. AU - de Haan,Michelle, AU - Belsky,Jay, AU - Reid,Vincent, AU - Volein,Agnes, AU - Johnson,Mark H, PY - 2004/9/1/pubmed PY - 2004/12/16/medline PY - 2004/9/1/entrez SP - 1209 EP - 18 JF - Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines JO - J Child Psychol Psychiatry VL - 45 IS - 7 N2 - BACKGROUND: Recent investigations suggest that experience plays an important role in the development of face processing. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of experience in the development of the ability to process facial expressions of emotion. METHOD: We examined the potential role of experience indirectly by investigating the relationship between the emotional environment provided by mothers (as indexed by affective measures of their personality) and 7-month-olds' processing of emotional expressions (as indexed by visual attention and event-related potentials [ERPs]). RESULTS: For positive emotion, infants with highly positive mothers looked longer at fearful than happy expressions, and a subset of these infants who themselves also scored highly on positive temperament showed a larger negative central (Nc) component in the ERP to fearful than happy faces. For negative emotion, there were no detectable influences of maternal personality, although very fearful infants showed a larger Nc to fearful than happy expressions over the right hemisphere. CONCLUSION: To the extent that these variations in maternal disposition reflect variations in their expression of positive facial expressions, these results suggest that the emotional environment experienced by infants contributes to the development of their responses to facial expressions. SN - 0021-9630 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15335341/Maternal_personality_and_infants'_neural_and_visual_responsivity_to_facial_expressions_of_emotion_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0021-9630&date=2004&volume=45&issue=7&spage=1209 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -