Personal relevance modulates the positivity bias in recall of emotional pictures in older adults

@article{Tomaszczyk2008PersonalRM,
  title={Personal relevance modulates the positivity bias in recall of emotional pictures in older adults},
  author={J. Tomaszczyk and M. A. Fernandes and C. M. Macleod},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin & Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={15},
  pages={191-196}
}
Some studies have suggested that older adults remember more positive than negative valence information, relative to younger adults, whereas other studies have reported no such difference. We tested whether differences in encoding instructions and in personal relevance could account for these inconsistencies. Younger and older adults were instructed either to passively view positive, negative, and neutral pictures or to actively categorize them by valence. On a subsequent incidental recall test… CONTINUE READING

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