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Age-related decline in positive emotional reactivity and emotion regulation in a population-derived cohort

Schweizer, S; Stretton, J; van Belle, J; Price, D; Calder, AJ; Cam-CAN, .; Dalgleish, T; (2019) Age-related decline in positive emotional reactivity and emotion regulation in a population-derived cohort. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience pp. 623-631. 10.1093/scan/nsz036. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Human older age ushers in functional decline across the majority of cognitive domains. A notable exception seems be affective processing, with older people reporting higher levels of emotional well-being. Here we evaluated age-related changes in emotional reactivity and regulation in a representative subsample (n=104; 23-88 years) of the population-derived Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience cohort. Performance on a film-based emotion reactivity and regulation task in the MRI scanner showed an age-related decline in positive reactivity, alongside a similar decline in the capacity to down-regulate negative affect. Decreased positivity with age was associated with reduced activation in the middle frontal gyrus. These findings, from the largest neuroimaging investigation to-date, provide no support for age-related increases in positive emotional reactivity.

Type: Article
Title: Age-related decline in positive emotional reactivity and emotion regulation in a population-derived cohort
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsz036
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsz036
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Positivity, Emotion Regulation, Aging, Socioemotional Selectivity Theory, Middle Frontal Gyrus
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073633
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