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Define emotion

A strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood or relationship. It's a state of arousal which involves facial and body changes, brain activation, cognitive appraisals, subjective feelings and tendencies towards actions.


What is the traditional view of emotions according to Ekman?
What is the functionalist perspective of emotions?

Internal states that are expressed behaviourally in line with display rules.
They're used to communicate during social interactions and create changes in the environment


When do emotions emerge in children?

From birth, but the emotions have a narrow range.
At age 3, babies show a full range of human emotion


Describe Ganchrow's study 1983

It involved giving new borns sweet or bitter liquid for their first feed. He found that the babies produced distinct facial expressions; sweet liquid made them slightly smile and bitter liquid made them purse their lips and the corners of their mouths turned down. This distinction between positive and negative becomes more distinct over the early months


What did Izard 1987 find?

He examined emotional expressions during inoculations of babies when they were 2 months until they were 7 months. The younger babies showed a generalised distress but the older babies showed a distinct angry expression involving their eyebrows, eyes and mouth.


Discuss primary emotions

They're universal and are present within the first 6 months. They're biologically based. Positive emotions: joy, happiness, contentment. These begin internally but are then expressed externally. Negative emotions: Sadness, disgust, anger and fear.


Discuss secondary emotions

They develop with cognitive maturity and vary among cultures. They're also know as self conscious emotions. Early secondary emotions: Bashfulness, coyness. Late secondary emotions: Guilt, pride and shame.


Describe the model of emotional development, created by Lewis in 1989

Emotions emerge over the first 3 years. Primary emotions need the least cognitive support and so emerge first. The emotions that need more cognitive support emerge later. The primary emotions contribute to the cognitive development. You develop early secondary emotions when you become aware of yourself and later secondary emotions when you understand standards and rules.


Discuss evidence against Lewis's theory of emotional development

Some studies have found coy smiles in early infancy. For example, Reddy 2000 found that all infants between 7 and 20 weeks showed coy smiles which is prompted by an onset of social attention. So maybe these emotions don't require such complex cognitive abilities.


Discuss the ability to recognise emotions in others

Infants are able to distinguish and react to others' emotions. For example, Haviland 1987 found that babies responded differently to different emotions expressed by the mother, if the mother was angry, so was the infant. This shows that they can discriminate emotions.


What is social referencing?

Forming an understanding of a situation via the interpretation of the situation in another person. For example, infants look to caregivers to gauge an emotional reaction. If an infant is approached by a stranger then they become wary and look to the mother to ascertain her reaction. The visual cliff experiment supports this.


Describe the visual cliff experiment

Mother stands on the opposite side of the visual cliff, a glass surface with a drop-off below it, with a happy or fearful reaction. Scorce 1985 found that infants were more likely to cross if the mother looked happy and vice versa. So from an early age, they can interpret others' emotions.


Describe the universality of emotions

Primary emotions are universal; infants can read parents' emotions, facial feedback hypothesis (facial muscles send information to the brain about the emotion being expressed) and cross-cultural recognition. Ekman found that the 6 basic emotions (fear, anger, disgust, happiness, surprise and sadness) were universal in westernised, non-westernised, literate and illiterate cultures. There is also universal recognition of primary emotions in geometric patterns. Primary emotions are biological and other emotions are culturally specific.


Describe the cultural differences of emotions

There is a lot of variation in expressing and explaining emotions. The body part associated with locating feelings is different; Americans it's the heart, japan it's the gut and Chewong it's the liver. There are different display rules as well of when, where and how to express them. The rules characterise what is acceptable and not acceptable. Ekman 1969 found that japanese people didn't show disgust in front of others but they did on their own which contrasts against americans. Safdar 2009 found that japanese expressed powerful emotions a lot less in front of others, like anger and disgust. It's because they're a collectivist culture so they value groups over individuals compared to americans who are individualistic. They're also much more positive about their disagreements.


Describe cultural differences in language about emotions

There is a different amount of adjectives for emotions across cultures. For example, Chewong have 8 adjectives but Taiwanese have 750. English words like unwinding have no equivalent in other languages. This is the same for other cultures, like germans have a word deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others. Some cultures don't have words for universal emotions. The use of the term I love you varies among cultures but it doesn't mean these emotions don't exist. The dual influences of emotions are cultural vs universal


Define emotion regulation

Initiating, maintaining, modulating or changing the occurrence, intensity or duration of internal feelings to accomplish one's goals.


Describe the development of emotion regulation

It's a major task for children, it allows the transition of a passive-reactive neonate child to become a child that can self-initiate regulatory behaviours. It improves with age. Kopp 1989 found 4 stages of emotional development; neurophysiological modulation which occurs at 2 to 3 months, it involves reflex movements (thumb sucking) to control arousal states. Sensorimotor modulation, 3-9 months, voluntary motor acts that don't involve consciousness, intention or awareness. Control, 9-18+ months, the range of strategies increases (communication), they show awareness and initiate intentional acts. Emerging self regulation, toddler, aware of causes of emotional distress and improvements in cognitions to eliminate causes, language allows them to describe and communicate emotions more effectively.
Emotion regulation mainly occurs in the first three years.
However, little research has looked at its development over time and what influences its development.


Discuss the implications of emotion regulation

Research emphasises it's critical role, individual differences arise from how people learn to regulate emotions and how effective they are at it. Difficulties with coping are linked to behavioural and emotional problems, like anger, impulsivity and externalising problems. They can cause difficulties in social functioning, emotional development and academic success during childhood.


What are the sources of individual differences?

Gender, temperament, neurobiological systems, cognitive components and environment (external influence).


Discuss the effect of parenting on emotions

Quality of parenting links to disruptive behaviour as external support is crucial in the development of emotion regulation. Kopp 1989 found that regular interactions provides the child with emotion regulation skills, children learn to associate particular behaviours with the potential to change their arousal states. Responsive care giving reduces immediate distress and provides the child with the mechanisms to do it themselves.


Describe the ongoing research of emotion regulation

Warren; It involves a longitudinal method and it involves an attractive toy task. This shows the child's behavioural response to frustration. The child is presented with a novel interactive toy, the researcher then takes the toy away and puts it behind a plexiglass screen. This is repeated and the mother is either not involved, verbally involved or freely involved. This allows us to see emotion regulation over time, difference in reactivity when the mother is or isn't involved and the quality of the interaction the mother gives. It's measured consistently over three years and looks at how maternal involvement changes over time. Emotion regulation should improve with age, distress will decrease and strategies will increase. Parents promote the regulation, distress will decrease with increasing maternal involvement. The findings showed the importance of active care giving, the fact that regulation improved with age, younger children with support showed more distress which contrasted to older children. This supports the functionalist perspective of emotion.