Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

Director of Thesis

Jane Roberts

Second Reader

Erin Hunt

Abstract

The present study investigated emotion regulation through facial affect during inhibitory control in FXS. Male participants (N=32) were asked to complete a task that induced frustration. An M&M was placed in front of the subject, and they were instructed not to eat the M&M until the trial has ended, marked by the ringing of a bell. The subject’s facial affect was observed and recorded throughout the 6 trials to investigate the differences between the emotion regulation of TD and FXS children. It was hypothesized that the TD group would be less expressive, and more negative than the TD children. It was found that the children with FXS remained more neutral throughout the trials, compared to the TD group. These results are potentially indicative of differences in emotion regulation in children with FXS.

First Page

1

Last Page

23

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