Neural patterns underlying the effect of negative distractors on working memory in older adults

@article{Oren2017NeuralPU,
  title={Neural patterns underlying the effect of negative distractors on working memory in older adults},
  author={Noga Oren and Elissa L. Ash and Ricardo Tarrasch and Talma Hendler and Irit Shapira-Lichter},
  journal={Neurobiology of Aging},
  year={2017},
  volume={53},
  pages={93-102}
}
Working memory (WM) declines with age. Older adults, however, perform similar to younger adults in WM tasks with negative distractors at low WM load. To clarify the neural basis of this phenomenon, older (n = 28) and younger (n = 24) adults performed an emotional n-back task during an fMRI scan, and activity in task-related regions was examined. Comparing negative with neutral distraction at low WM load, older adults demonstrated shorter reaction times (RT) and reduced activation in… CONTINUE READING
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