Mind, Movement, Interaction and Development (MMID) Research Group
Lead professor: Dr. K. Mark Sossin
Principal interests include: nonverbal behavior; parent-child interaction and qualities of relationship; intergenerational transmission; stress, trauma and loss; autism; theory of mind and mentalization (embodied intentions); infant temperament; and genocide/Holocaust studies. Ongoing projects involve: 1) mothers and their 1 year old children, focused on of parental and child behaviors in relation to emotional-availability, parent personality, parent stress and infant temperament; 2) collaboration with Dr. Beatrice Beebe’s Communication Lab at New York State Psychiatric Institute, involving split-screen micro-analytic sequential analysis of affect-related nonverbal regulatory behaviors, maternal depression and attachment behaviors; 3) investigation of college-age individuals with autism spectrum disorder, examining social cognition, narratives and nonverbal behavior; 4) studies (in collaboration with the International Study of the Organized Persecution of Children) of psychologically-relevant narrative qualities in child-survivor (Holocaust) interviews; 5) further validational, developmental, and exploratory studies examining the empirical utility and theoretical coherence of the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP); 6) in collaboration with Dr. Frances La Barre, case-intensive longitudinal studies of parent-young-child relationships and intergenerational transmission of parental-states via nonverbal behavior are being pursed within the context of the Parent-Infant/Toddler Research Nursery; and. 8) examination of effective primary prevention methods in early development, especially using video-feedback methods.
Meetings: Fridays, 9-10:30. 156 William Street, 5th floor / Nursery
Student Requirements: Interest in development and observational research methods. Mentored lab students offer 4 additional hours of research work, which involve collaborative study, coding, data analysis, and literature review that may apply to an MA thesis or a group project.