Emotional Awareness Influences Development of Attention in Pre-Schoolers
[Source: Medical News Today]
Young children, who possess a good understanding of their own emotions and of those of their fellow human beings early on, suffer fewer attention problems than their peers with a lower emotional understanding. Evidence of this phenomenon was found through a study of Leuphana University of Lüneburg and George Mason University, USA, under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Maria von Salisch, Professor of Developmental Psychology at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. The study was recently published in the journal Kindheit & Entwicklung (Childhood & Development).
The findings stem from the research project “Elefant – Emotionales Lernen ist fantastisch” (in English: “Emotional Learning is fantastic”) funded by the Lower Saxony Research Network for Education and Development and the German League for the Child, Family, and Society. Their study on the development of social and emotional skills led the researchers from Lüneburg and Fairfax, VA, USA to survey 261 children from 33 kindergartens in Lower Saxony as well as their parents and educators. Two separate surveys intervalled by 14 months were conducted. The study started when the children’s average age was five years. The capacity to understand emotions, behavioral self-regulation, complex memory span, and receptive language
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