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Pilot Study

Before the Affective Tigger was constructed and evaluated, the hypothesis that a child could learn about emotions from a toy was formulated. To assist in enabling this formulation two preliminary questions had to be resolved. First, do children impose emotions onto their stuffed animals? Prior research [Eisenberg, 1992] suggests that 3-4 year old children are beginning to imagine their dolls have feelings. Secondly, can a child recognize the emotional expressions of the Affective Tigger? The following pilot study was specifically made to test this question.

Dana L Kirsch
Tue May 25 08:59:22 EDT 1999