University of Jyväskylä

Colwyn Trevarthen, pioneer of research on intersubjectivity, visits the University of Jyväskylä

Start date: May 03, 2012 10:00 AM

End date: May 08, 2012 04:00 PM


Colwyn Trevarthen in Jyväskylä

Colwyn Trevarthen is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh. His research has focused on understanding neonatal intersubjective interaction. With his study, initiated in the 1970s, he has demonstrated that a newborn has an innate ability to actively and initiatively create a dialogic relationship with a present adult. The baby builds up this relationship with his or her gaze, smile, and other holistic body functions rhythmically and cooperatively. Trevarthen’s latest studies have focused on the musicality of this rhythmic interaction in a “jazz-like” way. He has crucially contributed to a new revolutionary understanding of the active mental nature of newborn infants that is constructed through relationships. His research results are widely used in different branches of science, such as developmental psychology, brain research, education, psychotherapy for children and families, art education, music science and therapy, sports sciences, and philosophy.

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10 – 17: Open Research seminar: How to integrate different disciplines of science in research projects: Example of research of intersubjectivity research in toddlers (Agora, Lea Pulkkisen Sali)

Colwyn Trevarthen lecture at 10 – 12 (Agora, Lea Pulkkisen Sali)
Comments and discussion at 13 – 17 (Agora, Lea Pulkkisen Sali)

Idea: To use the long experience of Colwyn Trevarthen in initiating the research of toddlers communications and active initiative – response relation to grownups. How this research combines developmental psychology, communication studies, musical sciences, neuropsychology, philosophy and other sciences?

Comments: Prof. Pauline von Bonsdorff and prof. Jaakko Seikkula
Audience: Researchers and post graduate students

18 – Informal meeting with a glass of wine and good company

Registration to the seminar by 25th April, 2012:


10 – 12: Meeting with researchers in art education and music (M103).
Contact person: Esa Ala-Ruona

14 – 16: "Of research on social relationships and interaction: meeting with Phd students in Education" (Opinkivi, YOL 141).
Contact person: Maritta Hännikäinen


12 – 17: Open Seminar: What intersubjectivity research can give to psychotherapy and psychology? (MaA 103)

Idea: Seminar organized by the Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre inviting psychotherapist from different areas to listen and discuss of the relational understanding of human life, of early days of human life and of the knowledge created in the research from the point of view psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults.
Contact person: Jaakko Seikkula

8.5. 2012

10 – 12: Open meeting with LaNKa and other guests: Relational life (X123)

Idea: To have a discussion of what Colwyn Trevarthen’s research means for our understanding of human life
Contact person: Leena Alanen

14 – 16 Martti Takala Studia Generalia lecture "The Nature of Culture: How a Young Human Life Seeks Creative Projects With Companions" (Ylistönmäentie 33 Y33 105)

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