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Agerelated differences in attention and memory toward emotional stimuli
Dandan Bi; Buxin Han
Source PublicationPsyCh Journal

From the perspectives of time perception and motivation, socioemotional selectivity theory (SST) postulates that in comparison with younger adults, older adults tend to prefer positive stimuli and avoid negative stimuli. Currently the cross-cultural consistency of this positivity effect (PE) is still not clear. While empirical evidence for Western populations is accumulating, the validation of the PE in Asians is still rare. The current study compared 28 younger and 24 older Chinese adults in the processing of emotional information. Eye-tracking and recognition data of participants in processing pictures with positive, negative, or neutral emotional information sampled from the International Affection Picture System were collected. The results showed less negative bias for emotional attention in older adults than in younger adults, whereas for emotional recognition, only younger adults showed a negative bias while older adults showed no bias between negative and positive emotional information. Overall, compared with younger adults, emotional processing was more positive in older adults. It was concluded that Chinese older adults show a PE.

Keywordattention gaze pattern negative reduction effect positivity effect recognition
DOIDOI: 10.1002/pchj.99
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Corresponding AuthorDandan Bi
AffiliationKey Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Dandan Bi,Buxin Han. Agerelated differences in attention and memory toward emotional stimuli[J]. PsyCh Journal,2015(4):155-159.
APA Dandan Bi,&Buxin Han.(2015).Agerelated differences in attention and memory toward emotional stimuli.PsyCh Journal(4),155-159.
MLA Dandan Bi,et al."Agerelated differences in attention and memory toward emotional stimuli".PsyCh Journal .4(2015):155-159.
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