The Still-Face Experiment

The still-face technique is an experiment in which a caregiver keeps her/his face completely still, with no expression and no movement, while interacting with an infant.  A 2 to 6 month old will freak out because it is so strange to have a caregiver who shows no emotions.  The infant thinks that something must be wrong and that this is very scary (Berger, 2018).

When watching the video below think about how stressful and disturbing that must be for infants if we don’t respond to them?  What negative things do they learn if we ignore them; perhaps that they are unimportant and worthless?  How will that affect the type of people they become?


Berger, K. S. (2018). The developing person: Through Childhood and adolescence (11th

ed.). New York, NY: Worth.