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An Experiment by Joseph Campos: The Visual Cliff

An Experiment by Joseph Campos: The Visual Cliff

A brief 2 minute + video clip from YouTube documenting one of the many, well-known visual cliff experiments with several infants and mothers. 


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Patrick Byers
Patrick Byers (Faculty)
3 weeks ago
This video stresses the central role of emotions in early social relationships. The video shows the visual cliff experiment (developed for another purpose) being adapted to show how infants' decision making is mediated by emotional expression from the caregiver. The specific example is effective in making a broader point about development. The video is clear and engaging, although the narrator, Joseph Campos, uses conceptual terminology in a somewhat broad strokes manner (e.g., "emotions are a language").
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 5 minutes per class
Dr. Sherri Restauri
Dr. Sherri Restauri (Administrator)
7 years ago
Great quick example of the Visual Cliff experiment; excellent for in-class demo to students. Also, closed captioning is relatively accurate.
Used in course? Yes