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Aging and motivated cognition: the positivity effect in attention and memory
As people get older, they experience fewer negative emotions. Strategic processes in older adults' emotional attention and memory might play a role in this variation with age. Older adults show moreExpand
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Aging and Attentional Biases for Emotional Faces
We examined age differences in attention to and memory for faces expressing sadness, anger, and happiness. Participants saw a pair of faces, one emotional and one neutral, and then a dot probe thatExpand
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Aging and emotional memory: the forgettable nature of negative images for older adults.
Two studies examined age differences in recall and recognition memory for positive, negative, and neutral stimuli. In Study 1, younger, middle-aged, and older adults were shown images on a computerExpand
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Goal-directed memory: the role of cognitive control in older adults' emotional memory.
The present study revealed that older adults recruit cognitive control processes to strengthen positive and diminish negative information in memory. In Experiment 1, older adults engaged in moreExpand
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Arousal-Biased Competition in Perception and Memory
Our everyday surroundings besiege us with information. The battle is for a share of our limited attention and memory, with the brain selecting the winners and discarding the losers. Previous researchExpand
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Emotional Arousal and Memory Binding: An Object-Based Framework
  • M. Mather
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perspectives on psychological science : a journal…
  • 1 March 2007
Binding various features of an event together and maintaining these connections in memory is an essential component of episodic memories. Previous theories make contradictory predictions about theExpand
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Amygdala Responses to Emotionally Valenced Stimuli in Older and Younger Adults
As they age, adults experience less negative emotion, come to pay less attention to negative than to positive emotional stimuli, and become less likely to remember negative than positive emotionalExpand
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Aging and goal-directed emotional attention: distraction reverses emotional biases.
Previous findings reveal that older adults favor positive over negative stimuli in both memory and attention (for a review, see Mather & Carstensen, 2005). This study used eye tracking to investigateExpand
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Angry faces get noticed quickly: threat detection is not impaired among older adults.
Previous studies have found that younger adults detect threatening stimuli more quickly than other types of stimuli. This study examined whether older adults also show this adaptive threat-detectionExpand
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Evaluating characteristics of false memories: Remember/know judgments and memory characteristics questionnaire compared
Subjects hearing a list of associates to a nonpresented lure word later often claim to have heard the lure (Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995). To examine the characteristics of such falseExpand
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