ERIC Number: EJ718214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 47
Experiential Influences on Multimodal Perception of Emotion
Shackman, Jessica E.; Pollak, Seth D.
Child Development, v76 n5 p1116-1126 Sep-Oct 2005
The impact of 2 types of learning experiences on children's perception of multimodal emotion cues was examined. Children (aged 7-12 years) were presented with conflicting facial and vocal emotions. The effects of familiarity were tested by varying whether emotions were presented by familiar or unfamiliar adults. The salience of particular emotional expressions was tested by contrasting the performance of physically abused and nonabused children. Children exhibited a preference for auditory expressions produced by their mothers but not by strangers. Additionally, abused children were biased to rely on auditory cues when their own abusive mother was expressing anger. These results are discussed in terms of the impact of both typical and atypical early experiences on the development of emotion perception.
Descriptors: Familiarity, Cues, Child Abuse, Emotional Response, Children, Auditory Stimuli, Perceptual Development, Child Development, Psychological Patterns, Visual Stimuli
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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