Temperamental Exuberance: Correlates and Consequences

Cindy P. Polak-Toste and Megan R. Gunnar

in The Development of Social Engagement

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847853 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Temperamental Exuberance: Correlates and Consequences

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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.

Keywords: temperamental exuberance; neurobiological models; child development; behaviour disorders; children; behavioural phenotype; behavioural inhibition; stress

Chapter.  12319 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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