Editorial: Intersubjectivity: recent advances in theory, research, and practice

Theano Kokkinaki, Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Emese Nagy, Colwyn Trevarthen

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Intersubjectivity describes the awareness of self and other's intentions and feelings in the dynamic sharing of minds acting in companionship, exchanging self-conscious intentions and emotional evaluations. Since 1960, when studies of infants disproved the theory of the young mind as a sensory-motor computer that is “conditioned” to learn facts symbolized in language, psychology now highlights the natural science of infant awareness, intelligence, intentions, and emotions and their sharing in embodied, non-verbal participation with others. This has fundamental implications for support of children's health, growth and learning in Psychology, Education, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and for mental health of infants, parents and teachers. It has strong confirmation by recent functional brain science. In this Research Topic entitled “Intersubjectivity: recent advances in theory, research, and practice,” we advance the science of intersubjectivity by bringing together new empirical studies, review, hypothesis and theory papers with advanced scholarship on the early emergence of human consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1220161
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2023


  • intersubjectivity
  • interbrain synchronization
  • embodied meaning-making
  • dyadic states of consciousness
  • loneliness
  • very premature birth
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • psychoanalytic developmental theory


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