This study depicts typical behavior patterns of infants and will test popular beliefs about children beginning to smile at their parents during the second month of life. Experiment rules include avoiding speaking to or touching the infants.
Rene Spitz and Katherine Wolf use different facial expressions, props, and objects to elicit a response from infants. See how the children respond to each stimulus.
Spitz and Wolf hope to understand how infants respond to inanimate objects by attaching Halloween masks to a dummy. They continue using different facial expressions and angles to understand when and why infants begin smiling. They conclude that during the first year of life, a baby's smile response does not represent emotion.
Credits: The Smiling Response
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This video features original silent footage from René Spitz's research on child development. It focuses on the development of the smiling response in infancy. Black & White.
Length: 30 minutes
Copyright date: ©1948
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