The influence of induced positive emotion upon the play behavior of 5-year-old children

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Roby M. Kerr (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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J. Allen Watson

Abstract: The purpose of the experiment was to investigate the organizing and disorganizing effects of induced positive emotion upon the constructive play of 5-year-old children. It was hypothesized that low and medium levels of induced positive emotion would increase the children's attention to the play task, increase their smiling behavior, and decrease the noise made by the children. In addition, it was hypothesized that a high level of positive emotion induction would decrease the children's attention to the play task, increase still further their smiling behavior, and increase the noise made by them. Thirty children from one of the centers of United Day Care, Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina, were selected at random from among the 5-year-old population at the center. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups of 15 children each. Both groups were involved in identical constructive play activities (painting). However, the experimental group experienced emotion induction in the form of their teacher's pleasant promises just prior to play. The children's behavior was rated in a randomized, time-series fashion by two paid observers.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Emotions in children
Play assessment (Child psychology)

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