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Do young children misunderstand their own emotions?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study investigated children's ability to understand false beliefs and the emotions caused by false beliefs with a special focus on children's understanding of their own belief-based emotions. Forty-five children (25 boys and 20 girls) between the ages of 5 and 7 years were tested for their understanding of: (1) false belief of self and other; and (2) belief-based emotion of self and other. Testing procedures included a variation of the classic “Smarties” task (Hogrefe, Wimmer, & Perner, 1986). Children displayed a lag in their understanding of belief-based emotions as compared to false beliefs, even when they were asked to identify their own emotions. The findings are discussed in light of theories about how we gain knowledge of our own emotions.

UOW Authors


  •   Bender, Patrick K. (external author)
  •   Pons, Francisco (external author)
  •   Harris, Paul L. (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Bender, P. K., Pons, F., Harris, P. L. & de Rosnay, M. (2011). Do young children misunderstand their own emotions?. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8 (3), 331-348.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79956258636

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1535

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 331

End Page


  • 348

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This study investigated children's ability to understand false beliefs and the emotions caused by false beliefs with a special focus on children's understanding of their own belief-based emotions. Forty-five children (25 boys and 20 girls) between the ages of 5 and 7 years were tested for their understanding of: (1) false belief of self and other; and (2) belief-based emotion of self and other. Testing procedures included a variation of the classic “Smarties” task (Hogrefe, Wimmer, & Perner, 1986). Children displayed a lag in their understanding of belief-based emotions as compared to false beliefs, even when they were asked to identify their own emotions. The findings are discussed in light of theories about how we gain knowledge of our own emotions.

UOW Authors


  •   Bender, Patrick K. (external author)
  •   Pons, Francisco (external author)
  •   Harris, Paul L. (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Bender, P. K., Pons, F., Harris, P. L. & de Rosnay, M. (2011). Do young children misunderstand their own emotions?. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8 (3), 331-348.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79956258636

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1535

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 331

End Page


  • 348

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom