‘The Wolf Was Only Feeling Hungry’: Emotional Understanding and Embodied Cognition Through Dramatic Play

Nikiforidou, Zoi and Stack, Jim (2019) ‘The Wolf Was Only Feeling Hungry’: Emotional Understanding and Embodied Cognition Through Dramatic Play. International journal of early years education. ISSN 0966-9760, ESSN: 1469-8463

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore how children bring together motor processes, language and perception when embodying emotional states (Condition 1) versus factual events (Condition 2), through the story characters of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Children aged 3-4 years (N=33) were observed while enacting each story-character through adult-initiated sessions. Findings showed that when children embodied the characters with emotional implications they spent more time, they indicated higher frequencies of motor skills (criteria adapted from Castañer et al, 2009) and they were more likely to use emotions in their discussions. Such findings have implications for practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the International journal of early years education on 4th November 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669760.2019.1685470
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Zoi Nikiforidou
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 16:10
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2919

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