Infants' preference for touch stimulation in face-to-face interactions

Martha Peláez-Nogueras, Jacob L. Gewirtz, Tiffany M Field, Maricel Cigales, Julie Malphurs, Sara Clasky, Aida Sanchez

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Abstract

Infant preference for social stimulation that included touch during a face-to-face situation with an adult was investigated. Ten 1.5- to 3.5-month-old infants (M = 2.6, SD = .6) participated in a within-subjects repeated-measures design. Two treatment conditions were compared in an alternated, counterbalanced order with each infant. Under the touch treatment, the infant eye-contact responses were followed by continuous contingent adult smiling, cooing, and rubbing of the legs and feet. Under the no-touch treatment, the infant eye-contact responses were followed by contingent adult smiling and cooing, but not by touching. The results showed that, during the touch condition, infants emitted more eye contact and more smiles and vocalizations, and they spent less time crying and protesting compared with the no-touch condition. The results demonstrated that a social stimulus compound that included touching the infants functioned as a more effective reinforcer for infant eye-contact behavior than a stimulus compound that did not include touch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-213
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
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Infants' preference for touch stimulation in face-to-face interactions. / Peláez-Nogueras, Martha; Gewirtz, Jacob L.; Field, Tiffany M; Cigales, Maricel; Malphurs, Julie; Clasky, Sara; Sanchez, Aida.

In: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.04.1996, p. 199-213.

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Peláez-Nogueras, Martha ; Gewirtz, Jacob L. ; Field, Tiffany M ; Cigales, Maricel ; Malphurs, Julie ; Clasky, Sara ; Sanchez, Aida. / Infants' preference for touch stimulation in face-to-face interactions. In: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 1996 ; Vol. 17, No. 2. pp. 199-213.
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