Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 321–329 | Cite as

“Conversational” coupling of gaze behavior in prelinguistic human development

  • Joseph Jaffe
  • Daniel N. Stern
  • J. Craig Peery


Mathematical regularities in the gross temporal pattern of infant-adult gaze behavior are identical to those found in adult verbal conversations. Both types of interaction conform to a Markov chain model. Such regularities suggest some universal property of human communication which predates the onset of speech. The present infants were 3.5 months old.


Markov Chain Cognitive Psychology Human Development Temporal Pattern Chain Model 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Jaffe
    • 1
  • Daniel N. Stern
    • 1
  • J. Craig Peery
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia University, and New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew York

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