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Week 2 preview

During the first part of this course we have focused on what the research tells us about the impact of extreme environments such as orphanages on the development of babies. We have also examined research from a range of disciplines including neurodevelopment and developmental psychology that has elucidated the reasons why babies need particular types of input in terms of their early brain development.

Next week we will examine what the research tells us about the way in which the infant begins to build their mind and sense of self, as a result of early interactions with primary caregivers. We will examine the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind impacts on this interaction, and the consequences in terms of the child’s developing mind.

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This article is from the free online course:

Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

The University of Warwick

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Why babies need experiences
    Why babies need experiences
    video

    Watch this video. Professor Jane Barlow introduces the concepts of experience-expectant and experience-dependent brain development.

  • Bonding with the unborn baby
    Bonding with the unborn baby
    article

    Read this article about how parents starts to bond with their child even while the child is in the womb

  • Interview with Tessa Baradon: Part 1
    Interview with Tessa Baradon: Part 1
    video

    In this interview Professor Jane Barlow talks to Tessa Baradon who is a parent-infant psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Anna Freud Centre.

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