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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

1

Number

2

Page Numbers

pages 7-12

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

1993

Abstract

This study examined children's understanding of the role of intentionality in social interactions. Four, six, and eight year olds were read stories, illustrated with simple pictures, depicting accidental or deliberate actions. The study used a forced choice paradigm that asked children to indicate which of two pictures showed (1) an intentional (or unintentional) act and (2) a situation in which the victim would be sad (or mad). Six and eight year olds, but not Four year olds, correctly identified deliberate actions at above chance levels. Eight year olds identified accidental actions and situations in which the victim would be mad at above chance. Understanding that anger was an expected emotional response to intentional harm, but not to accidental harm, increased with age.

Subject

Psychology

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

6 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 1 no. 2 1993

Rights

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