Learning What Feelings to Desire: Socialization of Ideal Affect Through Children's Storybooks

  title={Learning What Feelings to Desire: Socialization of Ideal Affect Through Children's Storybooks},
  author={Jeanne L. Tsai and Jennifer Y. Louie and Eva E. Chen and Yukiko Uchida},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={17 - 30}
Previous findings suggest that cultural factors influence ideal affect (i.e., the affective states that people ideally want to feel). Three studies tested the hypothesis that cultural differences in ideal affect emerge early in life and are acquired through exposure to storybooks. In Study 1, the authors established that consistent with previous findings, European American preschoolers preferred excited (vs. calm) states more (indexed by activity and smile preferences) and perceived excited (vs… 

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