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Stern, D. Sander, L. (1980). New Knowledge about the Infant from Current Research: Implications for Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 28:181-198.

(1980). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 28:181-198

New Knowledge about the Infant from Current Research: Implications for Psychoanalysis

Daniel Stern, M.D. and Louis Sander, M.D.

Daniel Stern opened the panel so as to set the stage for the subsequent papers. He commented on the need for a more comprehensive conceptualization relating events in earliest life to later, clinically observed personality organization. Such conceptualization really depends on an adequate base of empirical data about the early developmental period. It is in the interest of making known some of that early empirical data that the panel was convened.

Thomas F. Anders of Stanford, California, in a paper entitled State and Rhythmic Processes, began by noting the relevance of his remarks to the previous day's panel on Monica, particularly her subsequent sleep disturbances as related to the characteristics of her sleep in early infancy, and in relation to infant sleep and environmental interaction as it effects the regulation of state in infants.

The concept of state was very simply defined in Ashby's terms as any well-defined condition or property that can be recognized if it occurs again. The term "again" explicitly introduced a cycling or periodic aspect of state.

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