Affiliation as motivation for interaction: A neurobiology for the interactional instinct
Anna Dina L. Joaquin [+]
California State University
Anna Dina L. Joaquin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and TESL at California State University, Northridge. She is co-author (with Namhee Lee, Lisa Mikesell, Andrea Mates and John Schumann) of The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language (OUP, 2009).
This chapter explores what mediates an infant’s ability to engage and what motivates a neonate as young as 8 minutes old to elicit, engage, and prolong interaction.