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Saturday, May 9, 2015


This awesome baby is a 10 month-old Mary Lynne Leroux, who weeps as her mother Amanda sings 'My Heart Can't Tell You No', a song most recently popularized by Sara Evans.
But the question is, “Is this baby moved to tears by her mother’s soulful singing?”

Based on a certain research by a certain Psychology Professor, there are special and key points that we need to consider for this:

He mentioned about ‘Emotional contagion and synchrony.’ What is this?
He said that what we may be witnessing is a remarkable demonstration of emotional contagion, the tendency for humans to absorb and reflect the intense emotions of those around them. Emotional contagion is the foundation of human responses that are essential to social functioning (such as empathy), and is facilitated by the mirror neuron system in the brain.

Also, it is shown in young infants’ tendency to cry when in the vicinity of another crying baby (known as contagious crying), and just as easily to mimic the joy or glee expressed by another person.  Emotional contagion may also be seen in the blank stares of infants of depressed mothers or fathers, reflecting their caregivers’ flat affect (emotionally unexpressive faces).

It is also considered as Parents also imitate their infants’ expressions. Infants begin to show a ‘social smile’ by one to two months of age, and this in turn also triggers more smiling in parents. This mimicry and matching of emotional expressions in time is emotional synchrony - like 'getting in step' 
with each other, to dance together in a smooth interaction.

Posted by Chris Oliver on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lastly, so what does this have to do with the video? At the beginning of the video, the mother begins with three sentences: “Mummy’s going to sing you a song…?  You want mummy to sing a song, honey?  Let me know how you feel about this song, okay?”  Notice the music of her speech: Each sentence ends with the melody going sharply upward.

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