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Method: Participants - 11 Japanese and 9 Scottish healthy mother-infant (6 months old) pairs. Procedure & Data Recording - They were recruited at local nursery schools in Japan and through word of mouth, parent groups, and nurseries in Scotland. Natural 15-minute mother-infant tactile play including tickling was observed. Mothers were instructed to tickle their infants freely at least once during the tactile play. All mother-infant tickling-play episodes (43 and 45 in Japan and Scotland, respectively) were chosen for analysis. Mother's normal and narrative tickling behaviors and their tickling body parts, infant's strong ticklish and other reactions, and infant's eye gaze directions were coded.
Results & Discussion: Scottish mothers tickled their infants using "mouth" more often than Japanese mothers (χ2=9.813, df=1, p<.01；Figure1). The same tendency in Scottish mothers to use mouth in tactile play was reported by Negayama (2006). Behavioral cultural difference in infancy was also seen in holding (Negayama et al., submitted). The cultural difference in behavior was thus embedded in everyday-life tactile interactions in infancy and seems to be a precursor of a later difference in social cognition and interaction patterns.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Japan Society for Developmental Psychology - Japan, Japan|
Duration: 20 Mar 2015 → 22 Mar 2015
|Conference||Japan Society for Developmental Psychology|
|Period||20/03/15 → 22/03/15|
- infant-mother tickling interaction
- cultural differences
- Japanese mothers
- Scottish mothers
- tactile play
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- 2 Finished
11/09/13 → 12/10/13
Project: Research Fellowship
BTG- Cultural Learning in Mother-Infant Sensorimotor Projects: Computational analysis of shared action patterns
12/11/12 → 17/06/13
Project: Internally funded project