Early Emotional Communication: Novel Approaches to Interaction

Daniel S. Messinger, Mohammad H. Mahoor, Sy Miin Chow, John D. Haltigan, Steven Cadavid, Jeffrey F. Cohn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

9 Scopus citations


This chapter is concerned with the emergence of emotional communication-transactional emotions-early in life. The authors review methodological and conceptual issues in research on early interaction, and then present two studies of emotional communication. The first study uses computer vision to describe infant-mother interaction from a microanalytic perspective. It reveals evidence of changing infant-mother emotional dynamics during the course of interaction. The second study formally models these changing dynamics utilizing continuous ratings of affective valence. Each study utilizes a different approach for continuously measuring emotion during interaction that may resolve methodological impasses and shed new light on emotional transactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Emotions in Nature and Artifact
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199369195
ISBN (Print)9780195387643
StatePublished - Jan 23 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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