Positive feelings facilitate working memory and complex decision making among older adults.

Abstract

The impact of induced mild positive feelings on working memory and complex decision making among older adults (aged 63-85) was examined. Participants completed a computer administered card task in which participants could win money if they chose from "gain" decks and lose money if they chose from "loss" decks. Individuals in the positive-feeling condition chose better than neutral-feeling participants and earned more money overall. Participants in the positive-feeling condition also demonstrated improved working-memory capacity. These effects of positive-feeling induction have implications for affect theory, as well as, potentially, practical implications for people of all ages dealing with complex decisions.

DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2012.698251

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@article{Carpenter2013PositiveFF, title={Positive feelings facilitate working memory and complex decision making among older adults.}, author={Stephanie M Carpenter and Ellen Peters and Daniel V{\"a}stfj{\"a}ll and Alice M. Isen}, journal={Cognition & emotion}, year={2013}, volume={27 1}, pages={184-92} }