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Trauma and Society

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Andrew Meltzoff, PhD |  Alex Sabo, MD
1 Hour 48 Minutes
May 20, 2022
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In this recording, Dr. Andrew Meltzoff will discuss infant imitation, mirroring, and the development of self-other relations.  Dr. Alex Sabo will discuss the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic and the role compassion plays.


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This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair in Psychology and is the Co-Director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. A graduate of Harvard, with a PhD from Oxford, he is an internationally renowned expert on infant and child development. His discoveries about infant imitation helped transform our understanding of early cognition and social learning and sparked experiments on infant neural body maps in developmental cognitive neuroscience. His research o preschoolers’ social biases and children’s STEM-gender stereotypes has helped build bridges between developmental and social psychology. His recent work on infant altruism continues to expand these interdisciplinary connections.

Meltzoff’s research on young children has had implications for cognitive psychology, especially concerning memory and intentionality; for brain science, especially for multimodal coding and shared neural circuits for perception and action; and for educational science, concerning the impact of role models and cultural stereotypes on child development. Meltzoff’s ‘Like-Me’ framework for social development, which holds that young children seek out and register other social beings as ‘like me,’ has engendered empirical and theoretical work in autism spectrum disorder, social robotics, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy of mind.

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Financial: Dr. Andrew Meltzoff has an employment relationship with the University of Washington. He receives royalties as a published co-author. Dr. Meltzoff receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Andrew Meltzoff has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Dr. Alex N. Sabo is a psychiatrist in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center. He received his medical degree from UMass Chan Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Alex Sabo has employment relationships with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Berkshire Medical Center. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Alex Sabo is a member of the American Medical Association.

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  1. Build an understanding of infant imitation.
  2. Build an understanding of infant altruism and prosocial learning.
  3. Build an understanding of the impacts of the pandemic and the importance of compassion.


  • Infant imitation
    • Ubiquitous imitation
    • Flexibility and range
    • Novel acts
    • Uses of imitation
    • Mechanisms
    • ‘Like me”
  • Touch
    • Somatotopic
    • MEG
    • Brain response
  • Shared attention and gaze following
    • Eyes open/closed test
    • Self experience
  • Emotions and early learning
    • Emotional eavesdropping paradigm
  • Altruism and prosocial sharing
    • Infant altruistic sharing behavior
  • Inferences about the infant mind
  • Flows of energy
  • COVID 19 cases
    • Anxiety and depression rates
    • Adverse psychosocial events
    • Who is hit most hard
  • Five I’s of the Pandemic
  • Resilience practice
  • Compassion

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  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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