Effects of emotion on memory specificity in young and older adults.

  title={Effects of emotion on memory specificity in young and older adults.},
  author={Elizabeth A. Kensinger and Rachel J. Garoff-Eaton and Daniel L. Schacter},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={62 4},
To examine how emotional content affects the amount of visual detail remembered, we had young and older adults study neutral, negative, and positive objects. At retrieval, they distinguished same (identical) from similar (same verbal label, different visual details) and new (nonstudied) objects. A same response to a same item indicated memory for visual details (specific recognition), whereas a same or similar response to a same or similar item signified memory for the general sort of object… CONTINUE READING

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