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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsLast time we explored what is now known about the impact of extreme environments on the development of babies, and we looked at some videos of babies in Russian orphanages. We went on to look at what the research tells us about why babies need experiences in terms of their brain development. And we then focused on experience-dependent development and the way in which this results in the development of infant brains that have unique patterns of wiring. In this part of the course, we will examine the ways in which the infant's mind begins to develop during the first two years and the way it is shaped as a consequence of the parent's mind.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsWe will explore experience-dependent development in more detail in terms of the way in which the infant's mind is shaped as a result of their interactions with their primary caregivers, and in particular, the process of attachment. Attachment plays a key role, not only enabling the infant to develop strategies for regulating their emotions, but also in developing internal working models which are maps of themselves, and themselves in relation to other people. We will see that these maps are the basic building blocks for the infant's mind and sense of self and that they are relatively stable over time.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsWe will then go on to examine what the research tells us about the way in which these interactions between the baby and their primary caregivers shape the development of these internal working models and, in particular, the way in which emotional and cognitive aspects of the parent's mind influences these interactions.

Welcome to Week 2

This week we will be examining the way in which the infant’s mind is shaped as a result of their early interactions with primary caregivers.

In this video Jane introduces some of the key themes, and outlines the structure for the week.

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This video is from the free online course:

Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

The University of Warwick

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Why babies need experiences
    Why babies need experiences

    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

    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

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