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Handbook of Emotional Development

  • Vanessa LoBue
  • Koraly Pérez-Edgar
  • Kristin A. Buss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Vanessa LoBue, Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Kristin A. Buss
    Pages 1-3
  3. Theories and Biological Foundations of Emotional Development

  4. Expression of Individual Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Daniel Messinger, Samantha G. Mitsven, Yeojin Amy Ahn, Emily B. Prince, Lei Sun, Camila Rivero-Fernández
      Pages 171-198
    3. Jessica M. Dollar, Susan D. Calkins
      Pages 199-225
    4. Janice Zeman, Margaret Cameron, Natalee Price
      Pages 227-256
    5. Vanessa LoBue, Emily Kim, Mauricio Delgado
      Pages 257-282
    6. Joshua Rottman, Jasmine DeJesus, Heather Greenebaum
      Pages 283-309
    7. Tracy L. Spinrad, Nancy Eisenberg
      Pages 351-372
  5. Cognition and Context in Emotional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. Martha Ann Bell, Christy D. Wolfe, Anjolii Diaz, Ran Liu
      Pages 375-403
    3. Cynthia Stifter, Mairin Augustine
      Pages 405-430

About this book


This handbook offers a comprehensive review of the research on emotional development. It examines research on individual emotions, including happiness, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust, as well as self-conscious and pro-social emotions. Chapters describe theoretical and biological foundations and address the roles of cognition and context on emotional development. In addition, chapters discuss issues concerning atypical emotional development, such as anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, maltreatment, and deprivation. The handbook concludes with important directions for the future research of emotional development.

Topics featured in this handbook include:

  • The physiology and neuroscience of emotions.
  • Perception and expression of emotional faces.
  • Prosocial and moral emotions.
  • The interplay of emotion and cognition.
  • The effects of maltreatment on children’s emotional development.
  • Potential emotional problems that result from early deprivation.

The Handbook of Emotional Development is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in child and school psychology, social work, public health, child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatrics, and related disciplines.


Anxiety and emotional development Autism and emotional development Cultural variation in emotional expression Depression and emotional development Deprivation and emotional development Emotion and development of theory of mind Emotion in childhood education Emotional development across the lifespan Emotional development in adolescence and emerging adulthood Emotional development in infancy and early childhood Facial expressions in infants Infant behavior and development Infant emotional development Language and emotional development Maltreatment and emotional development Measuring emotions throughout development Morality and emotional development Neuroscience of emotional development Prosocial emotions in childhood Self-conscious emotions throughout development

Editors and affiliations

  • Vanessa LoBue
    • 1
  • Koraly Pérez-Edgar
    • 2
  • Kristin A. Buss
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRutgers University—NewarkNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

About the editors

Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. She received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where she worked with Judy DeLoache. After completing a post-doc at New York University with Karen Adolph, she joined the Rutgers University faculty in 2011. In her research, Dr. LoBue is interested in emotional development and the effect of emotion and experience on perception and learning.

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Perez-Edgar’s training was under the mentorship of Dr. Jerome Kagan at Harvard University, Dr. Nathan A. Fox at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Daniel S. Pine at the NIMH. Dr. Perez-Edgar’s research focuses on the relations between temperament and psychopathology. In particular, she examines how individual differences in attention can work to ameliorate or exacerbate early temperament traits.

Kristin A. Buss, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.S. in Child Development at the University of Minnesota and her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Wisconsin. She is interested in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early adolescence. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, such as anxiety symptoms in toddlers with fearful temperaments. This work has demonstrated significant effects for types of situations where children show fear as well as how biomarkers, such as physiological stress reactivity, increase risk for maladaptive outcomes for these children.

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