Sixth sense: Young children accurately capture the hidden feelings behind the mask


Adults may find it difficult to recognize mutual feelings due to masks being worn to prevent epidemics, but this is not the case with young children. According to a research, children in preschool and nursery classes easily found out how people wearing masks were feeling.


This ability to recognize their emotions was as accurate as a situation without a mask. Researchers from the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, say that in this test, children disproved the notion that masks stunted their mental development in schools.

Detected by showing 90 pictures to 300 children
In the study, researchers from the University Hospital Lausanne in Switzerland showed 300 children aged three to six years 90 pictures of actors in which they expressed happiness, anger and sadness. In the pictures, the actors were wearing masks.


67% correct answer
The children were asked to identify the hidden emotion in the picture through emoticons related to them. On this he gave most of the correct answers to the researchers. He took 70 percent of the pictures without masks and this figure was 67 percent in the pictures with masks.

It is clear from the study that young children can correctly guess the feelings of the people hidden behind the masks. In such a situation, it can be assumed that their development will not be affected by the mask. —Ashley Ruba, child psychologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison