Theano Kokkinaki

Department of Psychology, University of Crete

Professor Theano Kokkinaki has received her PhD at the Department of Psychology of the University of Edinburgh (1998) under the supervision of Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen. She is Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Crete (Greece). Her research interests include the study of dynamic spontaneous naturalistic dyadic and triadic interactions of infants with Significant Others in cross-cultural frame and in different contexts (rural and urban areas). Professor Theano Kokkinaki has over 60 publications in Greek and international peer-reviewed journals. She is Μember of the Εditorial Board of 4 international peer-reviewed journals and reviewer in 30 international peer-reviewed journals. She has participated in 16 research projects, either as a principal investigator or as a member of the research group.

Early Signs of Intersubjectivity in Spontaneous Interactions of Infants with Significant Others (mothers, fathers and grandparents)
Trevarthen’s psychobiological theory of intersubjectivity proposes that young infants are born with motives that lead them to communicate their intentions, interests and feelings with sensitive companions towards the sharing of a common purpose. Within this theoretical framework, I will summarize the evidence coming from three (3) naturalistic and longitudinal studies with the aim to extend knowledge of the early signs of infant intersubjectivity and to compare them between spontaneous interactions with Significant Others [parents (mothers/fathers) and grandparents (grandmothers/grandfathers)] in the course of the first year of life. These studies may extend our understanding on the way infants and Significant Others build a unique relationship of intimacy with each other by coordinating sensitively their emotional expressions to the intentions inherent in their partner’s expressive behaviors.