Appraisals Discrete Emotions and Memory in Children

To draw inferences from findings in the adult literature and make predictions about how discrete emotions affect children's memory, it is first necessary to establish that children experience the same range of discrete emotions as do adults and that children and adults are capable of similar appraisals in response to the same situations. It is also important, however, to acknowledge limitations in children's processing capacity, coping, and attentional resources. These limitations may have implications for differences between children and adults in their attention to, and memory for, stressful experiences.

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