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ERIC Number: EJ757053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Emotional Development across Adulthood: Differential Age-Related Emotional Reactivity and Emotion Regulation in a Negative Mood Induction Procedure
Kliegel, Matthias; Jager, Theodor; Phillips, Louise H.
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v64 n3 p217-244 2007
The present study examines the hypothesis that older adults might differentially react to a negative versus neutral mood induction procedure than younger adults. The rationale for this expectation was derived from Socioemotional Selectivity Theory (SST), which postulates differential salience of emotional information and ability to regulate emotions across adulthood. The present data support a view of differential age-related effects of negative mood inductions with greater and more heterogeneous emotional reactivity among older adults, who showed a substantially greater decrease in self-rated pleasantness, calmness, and wakefulness than younger adults. Moreover, relative to the younger adults, emotion regulation in terms of mood repair was more effective among the older adults. The age-related mood effects are discussed in terms of SST and have practical implications for the study of emotion and cognition across adulthood. (Contains 3 tables, 4 footnotes and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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