Effects of visual learning : emotional masking of disappointment in blind vs. sighted children

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1984

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Emotional masking occurs through internally cued anatomically based, socialized behaviors. This study addressed the visual learning component of emotional masking. The population is 18 children: nine sighted and nine congenitally blind, 6-13 years old, four female and fourteen male, matched for sex, age, socioeconomic status, normal range I.Q. The children were presented a mild disappointment while the response was videotaped. Ekman's facial action coding system was used to analyze the data. Two factor MANOVA combined between-within subject variables vision by stimulus intervals failed to show vision a significant factor. Significance was found to support masking in both groups, a two factor MANOVA vision by verbalization was significant at p<.028, independent of situation. X2 on interview information indicates significant differences between groups in knowledge of facial display p<.05. Significant difference found between groups due to affect reported when receiving the prizes (p<.001).

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Emotions in children, Blind children--Psychology, Facial expression

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