Effects of Aging on Experimentally Instructed Detached Reappraisal, Positive Reappraisal, and Emotional Behavior Suppression

Michelle Shiota, Robert W. Levenson

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Abstract

Emotion regulation includes multiple strategies that rely on different underlying abilities and that may be affected differently by aging. We assessed young, middle-aged, and older adults' ability to implement 3 emotion regulation strategies (detached reappraisal, positive reappraisal, and behavior suppression) in a laboratory setting, using standardized emotional stimuli and a multimethod approach to assessing regulation success. Results revealed age-related decline in ability to implement detached reappraisal, enhancement of ability to implement positive reappraisal, and maintenance of ability to implement behavior suppression. We discuss these findings in terms of their implications for emotion theory and for promoting successful aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)890-900
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Keywords

  • aging
  • emotion
  • emotion regulation
  • psychophysiology
  • reappraisal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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