- A phase transition model for mother-child interaction: Comment on Olthof et al.,
- Infant and Child Development
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Comments on the article by T. Olthof et al (see record 2000-03307-003) which describes 2 non-linear models for mother-child interaction: a connectionist model and a logical growth model. The present authors propose an alternative model, a phase transition model (PTM), which they say provides evidence (both numerical and analytical) for the possibility of abrupt changes, which give rise to several other interesting, empirically testable predictions. The predictions of the PTM deviate from those of the model proposed by Olthof et al, whereas it is only a modification of their 2nd model.
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