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Trends in the development of emotional intensity and facial displays

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dc.contributor.advisor Martin, Randall B. en_US Adaskevich, Jean en_US 2016-04-22T19:50:32Z 2016-04-22T19:50:32Z 1986
dc.description Bibliography: pages [101]-105. en_US
dc.description.abstract Facial Feedback Theory predicts that emotional experience is heightened by feedback from the face. To test this idea, and to examine the developmental course of empathy in early childhood, 58 children (mean age 4 years, 0 month; 7 years, 6 months; 10 years, 5 months) were tested in two experimental settings: a story condition, where the children were told two happy stories and a role-playing condition, where the subjects enacted scenes from two happy stories. After the treatments, the subjects were asked to report both the character's and their own emotions. Behavioral measures of emotion were also assessed using the Facial Action Coding System. It was reasoned that (a) the reported feelings would increase with age, and (b) the subjects in the Role Playing Condition would report stronger feelings than the subjects in the Story Condition. As expected, reported feelings increased with developmental age. However, this increase was not evident in the facial expressions of the subjects. Furthermore, during the treatment conditions, the subjects in the Role Playing Condition displayed more intense facial expressions than the subjects in the Story Condition, but this increase was not observed in the self-report measure. These findings suggest that children develop the ability to display the facial expressions before they can express these feelings in cognitive terms. en_US
dc.format.extent x, 105 pages en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Northern Illinois University en_US
dc.rights NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Facial expression en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions in children en_US
dc.title Trends in the development of emotional intensity and facial displays en_US
dc.type.genre Dissertation/Thesis en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology en_US M.A. (Master of Arts) en_US

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