The influence of emotional valence on age differences in early processing and memory.

@article{Thomas2006TheIO,
  title={The influence of emotional valence on age differences in early processing and memory.},
  author={R. C. Thomas and Lynn Hasher},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={2006},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={821-5}
}
This study examined older and younger adults' attentional biases and subsequent incidental recognition memory for distracting positive, negative, and neutral words. Younger adults were more distracted by negative stimuli than by positive or neutral stimuli, and they correctly recognized more negative than positive words. Older adults, however, attended equally to all stimuli yet showed reliable recognition only for positive words. Thus, although an attentional bias toward negative words carried… CONTINUE READING

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