This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Infancy is a critical developmental period, particularly for the development of secure attachment, which provides the cornerstone of healthy emotional functioning in childhood (Bretherton, 1992). Humorous exchanges include the responsive and synchronous interactions that are known to promote secure attachment. Despite this, little is known regarding infant humor development, particularly within the first 6 months of life and as a predictor of early attachment. The present study will describe humor development in 3 to 6 month old infants using naturalistic observation, and examine the relationship between infant humor, temperament and attachment at one year. Mothers of twenty infants will be trained to record detailed descriptions of humor perception and creation in their babies over 12 weeks, and will be videotaped during playful interaction once per month for four consecutive months. Reddy's (2001) behavioral scheme will be used to code infant humor. It is hypothesized that humor in 3 to 6 months old infants will be correlated with positive indices of infant temperament on the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (Gartstein &Rothbart, 2003), and will predict attachment quality on the Observer Attachment Q-Sort (Waters &Deane, 1985) at one year. This study will add to the small body of research on infant humor as a psychosocial process, and as it contributes to the important task of attachment.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR016462-10
Application #
8360429
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-7 (01))
Project Start
2011-06-01
Project End
2012-05-31
Budget Start
2011-06-01
Budget End
2012-05-31
Support Year
10
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$69,166
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Vermont & St Agric College
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
066811191
City
Burlington
State
VT
Country
United States
Zip Code
05405
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