The Role of Negative Emotions and Attentional Control in Children's, Adolescents' and Adults' Punishment

Researcher: Michaela Gummerum

People’s interpersonal behaviour is regulated by social and moral norms, and violations of these norms are often met with punishment. This project focuses on how negative emotions, such as anger, influence punishment in children, adolescents, and adults and assesses interested attentional control, that is disengaging attention away from negative information and thoughts, moderates when and how negative emotions affect punishment.

Three interrelated studies will examine the role of negative emotions and attentional control in the development of punishment. Participants in all three studies will consist of 8-year-old children, 14-year-old adolescents, and undergraduate students.

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