This edition: The First Two Years; Psychosocial Development
This lesson focuses on social and emotional development that occurs in the first two years. Researchers who study the psychosocial development of babies are interested in the factors that play a role in shaping a child’s emotions and personality. Topics covered in this lesson include temperament, social referencing, and attachment. An early example of emotional interaction involves face-to-face social play. Through this coordinated interaction, parents and babies influence each other in a process known as synchrony. The lesson also considers the research on attachment conducted by developmental psychologist Mary Ainsworth.