A fundamental question in developmental affective science is how children come to understand the emotions of others when deciding how to behave towards them. One consequential domain of such an ability is responding to others’ distress with empathy and kindness. In this talk, I will explore the neurobiological and social factors that lead some children to respond maladaptively to the distress of another- that is, with either aggression or fear. Together, these data point to important interactions between temperamental predispositions and social learning processes that underlie how individual differences in emotion reactivity are expressed and how they relate to disruptive behavior and anxiety across development.
Speaker/Performer: Kalina Michalska, University of California, Riverside