There is a saying: “Of what you see, believe half, and of what you do not see do not believe anything.” Well, this saying may refer only to adults, who, already loaded with experiences of all kinds, see life with certain reluctance and mistrust, that is, we need evidence of everything, or almost everything we hear, and even of what we see. But what about the children? Do they trust what they hear, and don’t see?
Well, all this has recently been analyzed in a study carried out by expert psychologists from the United Kingdom and, which has been published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Child Psychology’; And of course, in response to the last question, they would suggest that no, since they have just shown how young children (under 8 years old) have total auditory dominance, exponentially prioritizing what they hear, over what they hear. they see, and how what they perceive and what happens around them in an auditory way influences and makes them feel. A finding that could benefit both parents and teachers in schools when it comes to educating them in the management of emotions, that subject so important for the correct emotional development of children.
Because, for the lead author of this research, Dr. Paddy Ross, from the Department of Psychology at Durham University, what children hear in any conflict, discussion or debate likely to generate emotions cannot in any way be underestimated. “The study shows how young children rely too much on what they hear, to later make judgments about the general emotions given in a situation,” he says. A report that came to light last January and that emphasizes the fact that, given the current pandemic situation, together with the weather conditions typical of winter and other factors, many children have been and are forced to spend more hours at home with their parents or parents, so they are more exposed to these situations.
“With so many children spending much more time at home these days, it is very valuable to consider what they can get to hear and grasp,” she continues. In this way, the report recognizes different developmental trajectories for the recognition of both body, voice and auditory emotions, a fact that has led experts to even be able to help children with developmental problems such as autism spectrum disorder (ADHD).
The so-called “Colavita effect” for the recognition of emotions
An effective recognition of emotions at all times, of course, is something, if not almost mandatory, at least very necessary to function successfully in different social contexts. On how we intercept joy, sadness or fear in each situation, we recognize it, and we manage it, not only ours, but those of those around us. And normally, while adults are exposed to basic sensory stimuli, or the so-called effect called Colavita In psychology, that is, when vision or what we see in any environment, dominates above all hearing, and even the tactile, these latest findings ensure how children present that auditory sensory domain, which they prioritize to determine their emotions in any environment.
And although it is currently not known whether this phenomenon applies to somewhat more complex social stimuli, what is certain is that children even ignore visual or other stimuli when it comes to recognizing how they feel. . For the child clinical psychologist Susana Tarí, it is essential, their emotional education, and teach them to face the problems that arise throughout their lives in an appropriate way, something that will bring them benefits, not only in childhood but also in Adulthood. “In the first years of life, children have significant brain plasticity, so it is at this stage where learning is especially important for enrichment and proper development of both the cognitive and affective areas,” he says.
So, if young children trust what they hear more, it would be important to assume that the words children hear and listen to are a very powerful weapon, which determine how a child feels. “In the end, be that as it may, the perception of control over everything that happens to them, in this case of what they hear, is essential for an adequate development of their self-esteem, their self-concept, and we must help them”, he concludes.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.