UCCC is partnering with Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute to bring Edward Tronick, PhD to speak in St. Louis on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.
Dr. Tronick will discuss, "Meaning Making: How Infants and Young Children Make Meaning of Themselves in the World"
Edward Z. Tronick, PhD, is a world-class researcher and teacher recognized internationally for his work on the social emotional development of infants and young children, and infant-parent mental health. This lecture will focus on the ways infants “make meaning” of the world using non-verbal processes, including emotions and actions through social play, culture and relationships, and Dr. Tronick will explain how the “meaning making” processes may lead to typical or to pathological childhood development.
Dr. Tronick developed the Still-face paradigm, which has become a standard experimental paradigm for studying social emotional development in the fields of pediatrics, psychiatry, clinical and child psychology, and nursing. In his studies using the still-face he revolutionized our understanding of the emotional capacities and coping of infants and the effects of factors such as maternal anxiety and depression on infant social emotional development.