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Individual differences in infant’s emotional resonance to a peer in distress:self-other awareness and emotion regulation

Geangu, Elena and Benga, Oana and Stahl, Daniel and Striano, Tricia (2011) Individual differences in infant’s emotional resonance to a peer in distress:self-other awareness and emotion regulation. Social Development, 20 (3). pp. 450-470. ISSN 1467-9507

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Abstract

In this study, relations between emotional resonance responses to another's distress, emotion regulation, and self-other discrimination were investigated in infants three-, six-, and nine-months-old. We measured the emotional reactions to the pain cry of a peer, along with the ability to regulate emotions and to discriminate between self and other body movements. We found evidence that infants do regulate their emotional resonance responses to another's distress. This relation is age specific, with younger infants using more primitive self-soothing behaviors, while in older participants attentional based strategies relate to affect sharing reactions. Only nine-month-old infants have shown self-other differentiation abilities, and these were significantly connected to their emotions in response to a peer's distress. These findings have implications for our understanding of early empathy development.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Development
Uncontrolled Keywords: empathy ; affect sharing ; emotion regulation ; self-other differentiation ; infancy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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ID Code: 59886
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2012 09:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 15:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59886

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