Aging and motivated cognition: the positivity effect in attention and memory

@article{Mather2005AgingAM,
  title={Aging and motivated cognition: the positivity effect in attention and memory},
  author={M. Mather and L. Carstensen},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={9},
  pages={496-502}
}
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 more emotionally gratifying memory distortion for past choices and autobiographical information than younger adults do. In addition, when shown stimuli that vary in affective valence, positive items account for a larger proportion of older adults' subsequent memories than those of younger adults. This… Expand
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Memory influences emotional well being. Research has shown that having a negative emotional bias contributes to both emotion dysregulation and depression. Conversely, reactivating… Expand
ConditionsAge, Emotional Valence, Sleep
InterventionBehavioral
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