Infant attachment is a key predictor of later socioemotional functioning, but it is not clear how parental responsivity to infant expressive behavior is associated with attachment outcomes. A mid-range model of responsivity holds that both unresponsive and highly reactive parental behaviors lead to insecure and disorganized attachment.
In this Developmental Science journal article, Daniel Messinger, Lynn Perry, et al., studied phonemic diversity and how it affects language development in preschool children. Their results highlighted a specific feature of the classroom language environment—phonemic diversity—as a promising correlate of children’s developing language capacities.
Remember your earliest friends from preschool? Researchers from the University of Miami want to know how those friendships formed, and they plan to do just that through a $200,000+ grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award Abstract #1052736 https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1052736), and a nifty device that will track the movements of children at two UM centers in real time for four years. Read more “Researchers Go High-Tech to Explore the Social World of Children”