Colwyn Trevarthen is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Vice President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education. He originally trained as a biologist, before going on to study infancy research at Harvard in 1967, and has since published on brain development, infant communication and emotional health.
His current research concerns how rhythm and expressions of musicality in movement help communication with children and may help parents, teachers and therapists give care and companionship to young children.
Examples of publications
Stephen, C, Dunlop, A-W and Trevarthen, C (2003) ‘Meeting the Needs of Children from Birth to Three: Research Evidence and Implications for Out-of-Home Provision’, Insight 6: Edinburgh, Scottish Executive
Trevarthen, C (2003) ‘Infant Psychology is an Evolving Culture’, Human Development, vol 46, pp 233-246
Trevarthen, C et al (2003) ‘Review of Childcare and the Development of Children Aged 0-3: Research Evidence, and Implications for Out-of-Home Provision Supporting a Young Child’s Needs for Care and Affection, Shared Meaning and a Social Place’, Edinburgh, Scottish Executive
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen's videos
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen: Communication for iPod (11.9 MB)
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen: Language development for iPod (1.9 MB)
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen: Musicality of language for iPod (5.4 MB)
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen: Relationships for iPod (8.9 MB)