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Children's developing ability to depict emotions in their drawings.

Authors
  • Bonoti, F
  • Misailidi, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perceptual and motor skills
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2006
Volume
103
Issue
2
Pages
495–502
Identifiers
PMID: 17165414
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

55 children aged 5 to 9 years were asked to draw pictures depicting happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, and fear as well as pictures that did not express any emotion. These pictures were then scored by nonexpert adults for their overall emotional expressiveness, that is, how well they depicted the intended emotion. The results showed that drawings were generally regarded by adults as emotionally expressive. Happiness was the emotion most easily recognized in children's drawings, closely followed by sadness. The results also showed a linear increase in ratings of emotional expressiveness with age.

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