Facial emotion and identity processing development in 5- to 15-year-old children

Johnston, Patrick J., Kaufman, Jordy, Bajic, Julie, Sercombe, Alicia, Michie, Patricia T., & Karayanidis, Frini (2011) Facial emotion and identity processing development in 5- to 15-year-old children. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, Article 26.

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Abstract

Most developmental studies of emotional face processing to date have focused on infants and very young children. Additionally, studies that examine emotional face processing in older children do not distinguish development in emotion and identity face processing from more generic age-related cognitive improvement. In this study, we developed a paradigm that measures processing of facial expression in comparison to facial identity and complex visual stimuli. The three matching tasks were developed (i.e., facial emotion matching, facial identity matching, and butterfly wing matching) to include stimuli of similar level of discriminability and to be equated for task difficulty in earlier samples of young adults. Ninety-two children aged 5–15 years and a new group of 24 young adults completed these three matching tasks. Young children were highly adept at the butterfly wing task relative to their performance on both face-related tasks. More importantly, in older children, development of facial emotion discrimination ability lagged behind that of facial identity discrimination.

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ID Code: 78105
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: face processing, facial emotion, facial identity, development
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00026
ISSN: 1664-1078
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Johnston, Kaufman, Bajic, Sercombe, Michie and Karayanidis
Copyright Statement: This is an open-access article subject to an exclusive license agreement between the authors and Frontiers Media SA, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2014 23:25
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2014 21:59

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