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Sensitivity to emotion intensity and recognition of emotion expression in neurotypical children

Published inChildren (Basel), vol. 8, no. 12, 1108
Publication date2021-12-01
First online date2021-12-01

This study assessed two components of face emotion processing: emotion recognition and sensitivity to intensity of emotion expressions and their relation in children age 4 to 12 (N = 216). Results indicated a slower development in the accurate decoding of low intensity expressions compared to high intensity. Between age 4 and 12, children discriminated high intensity expressions better than low ones. The intensity of expression had a stronger impact on overall face expression recognition. High intensity happiness was better recognized than low intensity up to age 11, while children 4 to 12 had difficulties discriminating between high and low intensity sadness. Our results suggest that sensitivity to low intensity expressions acts as a complementary mediator between age and emotion expression recognition, while this was not the case for the recognition of high intensity expressions. These results could help in the development of specific interventions for populations presenting socio-cognitive and emotion difficulties.

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BARISNIKOV, Koviljka et al. Sensitivity to emotion intensity and recognition of emotion expression in neurotypical children. In: Children (Basel), 2021, vol. 8, n° 12, p. 1108. doi: 10.3390/children8121108
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