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Identification of facial expressions of emotion in bilingual children with different exposures to their languages
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7251-5263
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5403-0091
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We investigated the emotional development of bilingual children by measuring balanced and unbalanced 4-year-old bilinguals’ performance on an identification of emotional facial expressions task. A total of 84 children were divided into three groups: balanced bilinguals, unbalanced bilinguals, and monolinguals. Participants completed a computerized task where photographs of faces displaying anger, happiness, sadness, and fear were presented. The groups generally performed in line with previous research, but slightly differently from each other. For all three groups, the results showed that anger and happiness were more accurately identified, while sadness and fear were still difficult to identify for children at this age. However, there were interesting trends suggesting that balanced bilinguals made more refined judgments than the two other groups. Overall, this study supports the idea that the development of bilingual children is similar to their monolingual peers when it comes to learning to identify facial expressions of emotions, but that proportion of exposure to the bilingual child’s languages may lead to slightly different developmental courses.

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2017.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32163DiVA, id: diva2:1160603
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13th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, April 5-8, 2017
Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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