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There is quite a lot of research on parental favoritism. I'll summarize some of the findings: girls are more often parental favorites (Harris & Howard, 1985) women more often report parental favoritism (Chalfant, 1994) parents favor less aggressive children (which partially explains their preference for girls; Tucker et al., 2003) the youngest child is ...


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Motherese may play a role in emotional development. Soken and Pick write: "Concurrent with the exaggerated speech of motherese, there are probably exaggerated facial displays, allowing infants to explore the particular aspects of the face... Child-centered displays may serve as opportunities for learning about affective events." Walker-Andrews (1997) also ...



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