Happy faces are habituated more slowly by infants of depressed mothers

Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany M Field, Miguel A Diego, Yanexy Vera, Jeff Pickens

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Abstract

Three-month-old infants of depressed (n = 16) and non-depressed mothers (n = 16) were habituated to video clips of a female model reciting phrases while posing happy or sad facial/vocal expressions and dishabituated to the alternate expressions. Overall, infants of depressed mothers took longer to habituate the video clips compared to infants of non-depressed mothers, and those assigned to habituate the sad video clips displayed a novelty response or dishabituated to the happy expressions. These findings suggest that 3-month-old infants of depressed mothers discriminate sad from happy expressions, however, they do not appear to perceive sad expressions as novel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Depressed mothers
  • Facial expression
  • Habituation
  • Infants

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Happy faces are habituated more slowly by infants of depressed mothers. / Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Field, Tiffany M; Diego, Miguel A; Vera, Yanexy; Pickens, Jeff.

In: Infant Behavior and Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 131-135.

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Hernandez-Reif, Maria ; Field, Tiffany M ; Diego, Miguel A ; Vera, Yanexy ; Pickens, Jeff. / Happy faces are habituated more slowly by infants of depressed mothers. In: Infant Behavior and Development. 2006 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 131-135.
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