Temperamental Exuberance

Correlates and Consequences

Cindy P. Polak-Toste, Megan R Gunnar

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Abstract

Temperamental exuberance has been studied at various levels of analysis, but there is a lack of a single framework that could be used in understanding the complex construct. This chapter, therefore, aims to introduce some research areas where progress is happening and to investigate how this progress could aid in explaining contemporary perspectives of this behavioural phenotype, concentrating on four broad issues. It includes a review of current works trying to conceptualize exuberance in the developmental literature, a discussion on neurobiological models with possible explanatory value, and contextualization of the models using the behavioural descriptions of exuberance in the child-development literature. Indications of correlations between exuberance and behaviour disorders in children are analyzed. Works associating stress with exuberance are reviewed to understand whether exuberance is something more serious than just low behavioural inhibition and whether the phenotype is actually related to increased stress in specific environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Development of Social Engagement
Subtitle of host publicationNeurobiological Perspectives
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199847853
ISBN (Print)9780195168716
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

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Child Behavior Disorders
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Child Development
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Inhibition (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Behaviour disorders
  • Behavioural inhibition
  • Behavioural phenotype
  • Child development
  • Children
  • Neurobiological models
  • Stress
  • Temperamental exuberance

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Polak-Toste, C. P., & Gunnar, M. R. (2012). Temperamental Exuberance: Correlates and Consequences. In The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.003.0002

Temperamental Exuberance : Correlates and Consequences. / Polak-Toste, Cindy P.; Gunnar, Megan R.

The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Polak-Toste, CP & Gunnar, MR 2012, Temperamental Exuberance: Correlates and Consequences. in The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.003.0002
Polak-Toste CP, Gunnar MR. Temperamental Exuberance: Correlates and Consequences. In The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.003.0002
Polak-Toste, Cindy P. ; Gunnar, Megan R. / Temperamental Exuberance : Correlates and Consequences. The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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