Joint Engagement in the Home Environment is Frequent, Multi-modal, Timely, and Structured

Catalina Suarez Rivera, Jacob Lev Schatz, Orit Herzberg & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Caregivers display frequent, prompt, and multimodal behaviors during joint engagement in lab-based structured play. Thus, joint engagement is viewed to be a “hotspot” for infant learning. But, which features of joint engagement generalize to the real-world? Virtually nothing is known about the properties of joint engagement during natural, unstructured infant-caregiver interactions. Behavioral and temporal features of joint engagement in the home environment were examined. Infant manual actions, mother manual and verbal behaviors, and dyad proximity...
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