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The non-verbal narrative in sharing and meaning-making : a route to regulatory balance

Delafield-Butt, Jonathan and Harder, Susanne and Væver, Mette and Køppe, Simo (2010) The non-verbal narrative in sharing and meaning-making : a route to regulatory balance. In: World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, 2010-07-01.

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Human dialogue composes narratives, or stories that unfold social meaning. Narratives are episodes of story-making composed of a general four-part structure that (i) opens, (ii) builds, (iii) reaches a climax of intensity, and (iv) recedes to quiescence again. This basic structure is present in episodes of early mother-infant proto-conversation. Their co-creation appears to be a foundational process that gives shared meaning to interpersonal relations. In infancy, these shared events last around ten to fifteen seconds and are enacted by gesture and voice that altogether create a story with expressive timing in common rhythm and with a shared rise, climax, and quiescence of excitement. Here, I present an analysis of movement and vocal data recorded from five mother-infant pairs at four, seven, ten, and thirteen months of age to identify narrative events, their frequency, and their importance in generating attunement for affective co-regulation within the dyad.