Can Children See Emotions in Faces?

Lawrence, Kate and Campbell, Ruth and Skuse, David (2016) Can Children See Emotions in Faces? Frontiers for Young Minds.

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One way in which we figure out how people are feeling is by looking at their faces. Being able to do this allows us to react in the right way in social situations. But, are young children good at recognizing facial expressions showing emotion? And how does this ability develop throughout childhood and the teenage years? Children are able to recognize certain emotions very well when they are just 6 years old, but become better at recognizing other emotions as they grow older. At all ages, girls seem to have less difficulty than boys in recognizing emotions. Hormones that our bodies produce at puberty do not only influence how our bodies develop but also influence how our brains develop and how we change emotionally. Understanding more about the typical development of emotion recognition can guide us in helping children who have difficulties with these skills.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
100 Philosophy & psychology > 155 Differential & developmental psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Kate Lawrence
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 08:44
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 10:08


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