Temperament theory and the study of cognition-emotion interactions across development

Heather A. Henderson, Theodore D. Wachs

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Abstract

In this paper we review current definitions and measurement approaches used to assess individual differences in children's temperament. We review the neural bases of temperamental reactivity and self-regulation and propose that these constructs provide a framework for examining individual differences and developmental change in emotion-cognition interactions across development. Studies are reviewed in which some well-documented contextual effects on the expression of temperament can be interpreted in terms of the influence of biological and non-biological factors on CNS functioning. We conclude with ideas regarding future directions for the study of individual differences and developmental change in cognition-emotion interactions as they are shaped throughout development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-427
Number of pages32
JournalDevelopmental Review
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • Approach/withdrawal
  • CNS
  • EEG/ERP
  • Effortful control
  • fMRI
  • Reactivity
  • Self-regulation
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education

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