Joseph J. Campos
Professor of the Graduate School
3111 Tolman Hall
Ph.D., Cornell University
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Social-emotional development in infancy, especially emotional communication and perception of emotion; and the relation of motor development to cognitive, social and emotional development
  • whatshotResearch Description

    Director (1994-1996) and Member (1994-Present) of the Institute of Human Development

    My research focuses on two major issues; one deals with developmental transitions in infancy, and the second on emotional development. My work on developmental transitions centers on the consequences of motoric activity for psychological development. When infants begin to crawl, they undergo a remarkable set of advances in spatial cognitive, perceptual, emotional, and social functioning. The studies I am now conducting address whether the onset of self-produced locomotion is a cause, or instead a maturational antecedent, of these changes. The issue of causality is being addressed by using an experimental design and by randomly assigning infants to conditions in which the infant can control his or her own movement, or move about passively in an electric "go-cart." After active or passive movement experience, infants are compared on performance in a variety of cognitive and perceptual tests.I am conducting a related series of investigations in Beijing, China, where for ecological and cultural reasons infants are delayed in crawling onset by 3.5 months relative to Western norms. The study in China addresses the role of the age of onset of locomotion, the duration of locomotor experience, and their interaction, on psychological development. I have also been conducting investigations on the role of other motoric developments as organizers of psychological transitions. These studies involve reaching and upright locomotion, both of which, like crawling, prove to be important antecedents of psychological transitions. My studies on emotional development address the question of the universality of patterning of facial and vocal expressions of emotion in infancy. These studies compares the expressions of infants in Japan, China, and the U.S. in response to elicitors of fear, anger, sadness, surprise, and other emotions.

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    1983 Klinnert, M., Campos, J., Sorce, J., Emde, R., & Svejda, M. Emotions as behavior regulators in infancy: Social referencing in infancy. In R. Plutchik & H. Kellerman (Eds.), Emotion: Theory, research and experience (pp. 57- 86). New York: Academic Press.

    1992 Campos, J., Bertenthal, B., & Kermoian, R. Early experience and emotional development: The emergence of wariness of heights. Psychological Science, 3, 61-64.

    1995 Biringen, Z., Emde, R., Campos, J., & Appelbaum, M. (1995). Affective reorganization in the infant, the mother, and the dyad. Child Development, 66, 499-514.

    1996 Campos, J., Kermoian, R., Witherington, D., Chen, H., & Dong, Q. Activity, attention, and developmental transitions in infancy. In P. Lang, R. Simons, & M. Balaban (Eds.), Attention and orienting: Sensory and motivational processes. (pp. 393-415). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

    1996 Campos, J., Kermoian, R., & Witherington, D. An epigenetic perspective on emotional development. In R. Kavanaugh, B. Zimmerberg, & S. Fein (Eds.), Emotion: Interdisciplinary perspectives. (pp. 119-138). Mhawah, NJ: Erlbaum.

    1996 Higgins, C., Campos, J., & Kermoian, R. Effects of self-produced locomotion on infant postural compensation to optic flow. Developmental Psychology, 32, 836-841.

    1998 Camras, L., Oster, H., Campos, J., Campos, R., Ujiee, T., Miyake, K., Wang, L., & Meng, Z. (1998). Production of emotional facial expressions in European American, Japanese, and Chinese infants. Developmental Psychology, 34, 616-628.

    1998 Saarni, C., Mumme, D., & Campos, J. (1998). Emotional development: Action, communication, and understanding. In N. Eisenberg (Vol. Ed.), Social, emotional, and personality development (pp. 237-311). Vol. 3 of W. Damon (Series Ed.), Handbook of child psychology. New York: John Wiley.

    1999 Campos, J., & Hertenstein, M. (in press). What develops in emotional development? Not what most people think. Human Development.

    1999 Campos, J., Anderson, D., Barbu-Roth, M., Hubbard, E., Hertenstein, M., & Witherington, D. Travel broadens the mind. Infancy.

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