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October 31, 2008

Kireru? (ă??ă‚Śă‚‹) Or Just Plain Mad: Emotion Regulation in Japanese, Chinese, and U.S. Preschoolers


Twila Tardif
Professor, Psychology
The University of Michigan

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2008
Time: 12 noon ~ 1pm
Location: Room 1636, School of Social Work Building

Kireru (“snapping,� as in a violent rage) means many things to many people in the Japanese society. It has also been used as a description for behavior such as the murderous rampage that killed 7 and wounded many others in Akihabara this past June. It is an issue in the daily behavior of children as well. According to Akira Sakuta, one of the criminal psychologists interviewed by the media after the Akihabara event, “one of the biggest problems in Japan is young people like Kato don't know how to communicate with each other or express their feelings. Stress and lack of parental affection cause them to retreat and, sometimes, to explode.� This talk will explore some of these underlying issues and compare Japanese preschoolers’ and parents’ regulation and understanding of emotions, particularly negative emotions, with those of Chinese and US preschoolers. The speaker will present data on cultural differences in children’s understanding of emotions, show examples of children’s reactions to challenging situations, and discuss the role of parents’ socialization practices on children’s emotions and negative behaviors in these three cultures.

Twila Tardif is a Professor of Developmental Psychology, a Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development, and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies. Her primary work has focused on children’s early language learning of Chinese- and English-speaking children. Her recent work involves an interdisciplinary collaboration on the behavioral and biological aspects of emotion regulation in Chinese, Japanese, and US preschoolers and parents.

Posted by zzhu at October 31, 2008 05:25 PM