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Ruth Feldman discusses parent-infant synchrony and the cross-generation transmission of psychopathology and resilience

Interview at DGPPN 2015, Berlin

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The renowned researcher Dr Ruth Feldman from Israel discusses aspects of the cross-generational transfer of psychopathology and resilience. Her theory of biobehavioral synchrony describes how in early infancy there is coordination between parent and infant physiologicaland behavioral systems, which create the basis for the infant’s social development. She discusses of the role of oxytocin in the social bonds between parents and infants. She cites studies which show that when the maternal brain is affected by mental illness, so too is their synchronization with their infant, which can have a long-term bearing on an infant’s psychopathology, oxytocin system and social development.