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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Reader 1

Prof. Megan Zirnstein

Reader 2

Prof. Lise Abrams

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A well-functioning pattern of emotion regulation underlies many of the factors that help people lead happier and more fulfilling lives, while defective emotion regulation underlies many psychological disorders. Emotional flexibility is now thought of as an effective or adaptive pattern of emotion regulation—one that involves the flexible use of a number of different strategies, based upon current situational demands. One of the key factors in flexibly choosing the most effective emotion regulation strategy relies on interoceptive awareness and the ability to detect physiological emotional cues. Despite its importance, previous research on emotion regulation has largely focused on laboratory settings, artificial stimuli, and self-reported recollection. To address these limitations, the current week-long pilot study attempted for the first time to integrate research and conceptual frameworks from the field of early childhood education in order to develop modern measurement tools that capture features of emotion regulation in adults exposed to a real-world environment. Overall, my findings indicate that the Zones of Regulation Framework could be used effectively by adults to capture real-world examples of emotion regulation.

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