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Synchrony Demonstrated between Movements of the Neonate and Adult Speech

William S. Condon and Louis W. Sander
Child Development
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 456-462
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127968
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127968
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Abstract

The human neonate moves in precise and sustained synchronous organizations of change of movement with the articulated structure of adult speech as early as the first day of life. This complex and on-going "dance" of the neonate with human speech may necessitate conceptual revisions concerning the nature and functions of neonatal responsivity. In addition, present models of interaction may be found to be inadequate to account for entrainment and synchrony of this order. The present observations suggest a view of development in terms of the participation of the infant at the outset in multiple forms of interactional organization, rather than as an isolate.

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