Baby gets mad when mom has blank expression

According to Harvard University's director of the Child Development Unit, babies get upset when their mothers have a "still face." It's probably the same with dads, siblings, or any person the baby is familiar with.

Using the "Still Face" Experiment, in which a mother denies her baby attention for a short period of time, Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization, to periods of bad but repairable socialization. In "ugly" situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.

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  1. awlawl says:

    And this year's Ig Nobel Prize goes to Dr. Edward Tronick for his study: "Are Babies Bad at Staring Contests?"

  2. Shuck says:

    This is not surprising given that neutral expressions on women cause man-babies to get upset about "resting bitch face."

  3. Franko says:

    cool, now i know how to piss off babies.

  4. tlwest says:

    Wow, I actually found watching the baby trying to desperately regain the attention of the mother really quite painful to watch.

    No wonder I was putty in my babies' chubby hands.

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