Mind-mindedness in Research and Practice

Mind-mindedness in Research and Practice is a package of projects associated with a Professorial Fellowship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to Professor Elizabeth Meins. Mind-mindedness in Research and Practice represents the culmination of nearly two decades of research into the benefits of parents’ mind-mindedness—the ability to ‘tune in’ to their young children’s thoughts and feelings.

Research has shown that ‘tuning in’ to what your baby is thinking and feeling—in other words, being more mind-minded—means that your child is more likely to be securely attached, have better language and play abilities at age 2, and better understanding of other people’s thoughts and feelings when they start school. Being mind-minded when your child is a baby also means that your child will be less likely to have behaviour problems in the preschool years. Parents who are mind-minded also find parenting less stressful. For more information on this research, see Professor Meins's staff profile.

Because there is now a well-established evidence base for the positive influence of mind-mindedness on children and families, a major aim of Mind-mindedness in Research and Practice is to design and evaluate an intervention package to increase parents’ mind-mindedness. The Mind-mindedness in Research and Practice projects fall into seven main areas.

Mind-mindedness and Attachment

Baby + Me

Take part in our research 


What Makes People Mind-minded? 


Professional Training Courses

Mind-mindedness in the Adoption Process

Baby Sign and Mind-mindedness

New! Fully funded PhD studentship

A fully funded PhD studentship is available at the Department of Psychology, University of York. This studentship will investigate the behavioural and neural correlates of mind-mindedness. 

Mind-mindedness and Children's Educational Attainment