Characterizing Mother-Infant Physiological Synchrony During Everyday Home Activities

Authors: Micheletti, M., Dominguez, A., Kaur, K., Andres, L., Johnson, M., de Barbaro, K., (2021)

Background
The present study aims to fill a gap in the current literature by investigating the presence and predictors of mother-infant physiological synchrony during everyday home activities.

Mother-infant synchrony, characterized by adaptive and reciprocal behaviors that promote mutually rewarding interaction, is a well-established
 foundation for child cognitive, self-regulatory, and social-emotional development (Feldman, 2007). Despite a large body of work identifying mother-infant physiological synchrony during structured face-to-face interactions, relatively fewer studies have been conducted in the home using state-of-the-art physiological measures to evaluate mother-infant synchrony during daily activities (Leclère et al., 2014).

While physiological synchrony is a dynamic and emergent process (Delaherche et al., 2012; Sameroff, 2009), its presence may also vary 
systematically across different activities that afford different opportunities for engagement.

Poster presentation at the SRCD Virtual Biennial Meeting 2021.

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