ERIC Number: EJ932486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
In Building a Script for an Emotion, Do Preschoolers Add Its Cause before Its Behavior Consequence?
Widen, Sherri C.; Russell, James A.
Social Development, v20 n3 p471-485 Aug 2011
An emotion concept is a script in which an emotion event is an ordered sequence of subevents from situational cause through bodily changes to behavioral consequence. As children build a script for each emotion, in what order do they add each subevent? Preschoolers (N = 108, three to five years), were asked to name the protagonist's emotion in stories consisting solely of either a cause or a consequence of one of six emotions. More children correctly inferred happiness, fear, sadness, and disgust from their causes than from their consequences, but more correctly inferred anger from its consequence than from its cause. (No significant difference was found for surprise.) Subevents are added to scripts in a different order for different emotions.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education, Psychological Patterns, Fear, Success, Child Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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