Neural and behavioral correlates of emotion recognition in children and adults

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Title: Neural and behavioral correlates of emotion recognition in children and adults
Author: Kestenbaum, Roberta; Nelson, Charles A.

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Citation: Kestenbaum, Roberta, and Charles A. Nelson. 1992. Neural and behavioral correlates of emotion recognition in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 54(1): 1-18.
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Abstract: Event-related potentials (ERPs), accuracy scores, and reaction times were used to examine the recognition of emotional expressions. Adults and 7-year-old children saw upright and inverted chromatic slides of the facial expressions of happiness, fear, surprise, and anger, and were asked to press a button for either "happy" or "angry" faces. A positive-going waveform (P300) was apparent at parietal scalp (Pz) and at left and right temporal scalp. Although the behavioral data were similar for both children and adults (e.g., both had more difficulty recognizing angry expressions than happy ones, and angry expressions were more difficult to recognize upside-down than were happy faces), the ERPs indicated that children responded differently than adults did to happy and angry expressions. Adults showed greater P300 amplitude to happy faces, while children showed greater P300 amplitude to angry faces. In addition, for adults, but not children, there were greater P300 amplitude responses at right vs. left temporal scalp.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/0022-0965(92)90014-W
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:35135981
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