Taylor & Francis Online :: Negative Relations Between Pacifier Use and Emotional Competence – Basic and Applied Social Psychology – Volume 34, Issue 5.
Negative Consequences of Pacifier Use on Emotional Intelligence
Facial mimicry – recognising and copying outward displays of emotion – plays a key role in the development of emotional understanding.
Can a pacifier, which disrupts facial mimicry by covering the child’s mouth, compromise this delicate process?
New research from Basic and Applied Social Psychology shows young adult males raised with a pacifier scored significantly lower for perspective taking and Emotional Intelligence than those raised without pacifiers.
Click here to read Negative Relations Between Pacifier Use and Emotional Competence by Paula Niedenthal et al.