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What the baby brings and needs

In this video Professor Jane Barlow explores what the baby brings in terms of social and perceptual capacities, and what she needs from the parent.

In this video we explore what the baby brings in terms of innate social and perceptual capacities before going on to examine in more detail the particular aspects of environmental input that are important in terms of experience-dependent brain development. We examine the role of what have been described as ‘serve and return’ (Step 4.18: Glossary) exchanges, in which the parent initiates an interaction with the baby, and the baby then responds to this, followed by a response from the parent.

We examine what the research tells us about the impact of such ‘serve and return’ exchanges on both the architecture of the brain and its physiological functioning including the infant’s stress response, as a result of the way in which such exchanges affect the release of neurotransmitters (e.g. dopamine) and hormones (e.g. cortisol (Step 4.18: Glossary)) that influence the developing neural connections.

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Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

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