The science of human connection
If I asked you to tell me about how you communicate with colleagues, friends and families, would you tell me about conversations, text messages or email? Communication has largely been looked at as vocabulary based, whether it is written or oral. Although we do communicate orally, there are other ways we learn to communicate – especially as infants.
Infants are communicating from the minute they’re born. They communicate verbally by crying, cooing and babbling. If you’re an infant and your vocalisations don’t form words your method of communication varies. You can still communicate and show that you’re paying attention, but it involves a bit more creativity. Babies are communicating in many other ways. They can imitate gestures and track movements with their eyes as they look for the reassurance of a loved one.
Developmental psychologist, Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk studies infant communication. Her new website www.suzannezeedyk.com has recently launched and includes great information and articles for both parents and practitioners. In addition to a new website there will be a series of DVDs available later this summer entitled The Connected Baby. These films feature parents and children filmed in their homes. All the clips are of normal parent and child activities (nappy changes, play time, etc.) but show just how connected babies and children are. For more information visit: www.theconnectedbaby.org.
We used to think that babies were born and were not really paying attention to the greater world around them. Films such as The Connected Baby show us just how complex the world of the infant is. And by how paying attention to the youngest of Scotland’s citizens, we can influence the kind of Scotland we’d like to see.
Suzanne’s new website and DVD resource aims to ensure that this knowledge is spread as widely as possible; but what she really wants is for us to explore the science of love.