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Understanding and describing the other: a study on children’s emotion comprehension and internal state language
Journal Title: PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE 
Author/s:  Simona De Stasio, Caterina Fiorilli, Carlo Di Chiacchio, Maria Cristina Rappazzo 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 149-160 FullText PDF:  453 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PDS2011-001011
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A substantial body of research showed the associations between children’s use of psychological terms during conversation and their understanding of mental states. Children’s use of internal-state language and emotion understanding were investigating in a sample (N = 120) of 6 to 9 year olds. Children’s emotion comprehension was assessed using the Test of Emotion Comprehension while the use of internal-state language was assessed by the Mind-Mindedness task. Results showed significant differences in emotion understanding and in the use of psychological descriptions of their friends among children of different ages. Children’s use of internal- state language was not related to emotion understanding. The authors suggest that children’s spontaneous use of internal state language could be independent of their capacities for representing those internal states.
Keywords: Mind-Mindedness, emotion understanding, age, children

Simona De Stasio, Caterina Fiorilli, Carlo Di Chiacchio, Maria Cristina Rappazzo, Understanding and describing the other: a study on children’s emotion comprehension and internal state language in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 1/2011, pp. 149-160, DOI:10.3280/PDS2011-001011

   

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