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ERIC Number: EJ1045872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Free-Labeling Facial Expressions and Emotional Situations in Children Aged 3-7 Years: Developmental Trajectory and a Face Inferiority Effect
Wang, Zhenhong; Lü, Wei; Zhang, Hui; Surina, Alyssa
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v38 n6 p487-498 Nov 2014
Chinese children (N = 185, aged 3-7 years) were assessed on their abilities to freely label facial expressions and emotional situations. Results indicated that the overall accuracy of free-labeling facial expressions increased relatively quickly in children aged 3-5 years, but slowed down in children aged 5-7 years. In contrast, the overall accuracy of free-labeling emotional situations increased continuously in children aged 3-7 years. In the free-labeling facial expression tasks, children produced labels for happiness, anger, and sadness more easily than fear, surprise, and disgust; in the free-labeling of emotional situation tasks, children produced labels for happiness and sadness more easily than fear, anger, surprise, and disgust. Children performed better on free-labeling emotional situations than on free-labeling facial expressions, especially for happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, and disgust, which confirmed the Face Inferiority Effect. Moreover, the Face Inferiority Effect could be obviously observed in children aged 4 years and became more pronounced with age. Additionally, Bullock & Russell's model was partly supported in the present study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China