Emotional Response Categorization in Adolescents and Young Adults.

TitleEmotional Response Categorization in Adolescents and Young Adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHerry, C, Maintenant, C, Blanchette, I, Tricard, E, Gimenes, G, Pennequin, V
JournalPsychol Rep
Date Published2019 Aug
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Cognition, Concept Formation, Emotions, Female, Humans, Male, Young Adult

Categorization is based on cognitive mechanisms allowing the development of internal representations of the environment that guide behavior. This study tests the influence of emotions on categorization in adolescents and young adults. After a mood induction (negative, positive, or neutral), we compared how 68 adolescents aged 13 to 15 and 57 young adults aged 21 to 29 categorized emotional concepts using a lexical emotional categorization task. Participants had to choose which of three associates, of different emotional valence (positive, negative or neutral), was more similar to a target concept. The aim of this study was to determine if adolescents rely on the emotional dimension in categorization more than adults. The results show that the emotional state can influence the cognitive process of categorization in adolescence, particularly in the negative mood.

Alternate JournalPsychol Rep
PubMed ID29958513