chapter  11
Musical Companionship
Pages 12

Since the 1970s the developmental psychologist Colwyn Trevarthen has been part of a pioneering international network of researchers who have capitalised on emerging video technology with slow-frame analysis capability to study early communication between carers and infants,.By concentrating on the micro-detail of these ‘early duets’ for the first time, this research has revealed how an infant’s communication is both intelligent and creative (rather than passive and reactive, as previously taught). It suggests that babies are usually fine communicators almost from birth, instigating non-verbal ‘conversations’ with their mothers or carers. What these researchers hadn’t quite managed was to encapsulate their findings in a satisfying unifying concept to convey what such communication is ‘made from’.