Children's recognition of emotions from vocal cues.

  title={Children's recognition of emotions from vocal cues.},
  author={Disa Anna Sauter and Charlotte Panattoni and Francesca Happ{\'e}},
  journal={The British journal of developmental psychology},
  volume={31 Pt 1},
Emotional cues contain important information about the intentions and feelings of others. Despite a wealth of research into children's understanding of facial signals of emotions, little research has investigated the developmental trajectory of interpreting affective cues in the voice. In this study, 48 children ranging between 5 and 10 years were tested using forced-choice tasks with non-verbal vocalizations and emotionally inflected speech expressing different positive, neutral and negative… 

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