Effects of discrete emotions on young children's ability to discern fantasy and reality.

@article{Carrick2006EffectsOD,
  title={Effects of discrete emotions on young children's ability to discern fantasy and reality.},
  author={Nathalie Carrick and Jodi A Quas},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={42 6},
  pages={1278-88}
}
This study examined 3- to 5-year-olds' (N = 128; 54% girls) ability to discriminate emotional fantasy and reality. Children viewed images depicting fantastic or real events that elicited several emotions, reported whether each event could occur, and rated their emotional reaction to the image. Children were also administered the Play Behavior Questionnaire and Pretend Action Tasks to assess play behaviors. Findings revealed age-related improvements in performance and biases in judgment based on… CONTINUE READING

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