A comparative study of visual and auditory perception of emotions in children of primary school age



We investigated the characteristics of perception of nonverbal emotional information in the two modalities of presentation, visual and auditory, in 32 schoolchildren of 8-9 years old. We studied the recognition of four basic emotions: «happiness», «sadness», «anger», «fear» in facial expressions and in tone of voice. We found that in visual perception, the identification of emotion is more accurate. The lack of correlation between the results of emotions recognition in different modalities indicates the independence of processes of emotion recognition in the visual and auditory modalities. The detected hierarchically coincident unevenness in forming different emotion perception mechanism in both modalities, apparently, is largely determined by external factors.

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Keywords: recognition of emotions, visual perception, auditory perception, primary school students

Journal rubric: Psychology of Perception

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2016090104

For citation: Dmitrieva E.S., Anderson M.N., Gelman V.Y. A comparative study of visual and auditory perception of emotions in children of primary school age. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2016. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 38–52. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2016090104. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena S. Dmitrieva, Senior Research Associate, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: dmit49@mail.ru

M. N. Anderson, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Chair of Pedagogy and Teaching Technologies, A.S. Pushkin Leningrad State University, e-mail: maria.anderson@yandex.ru

Viktor Y. Gelman, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, professor of the department of medical informatics and physics, Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: gelm@sg2104.spb.edu



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