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Age and the understanding of emotions: neuropsychological and sociological perspectives.

  Sociocognitive approaches suggest that the ability to understand emotions should be well maintained in adult aging. However, neuropsychological evidence suggests potential impairments in processing emotions in older adults. In the current study, 30 young adults (aged 20–40 years) and 30 older adults (aged 60–80 years) were tested on a range of emotional ability measures. There were no age effects on the ability to decode emotions from verbal material. Older people were less able to identify facial expressions of anger and sadness, and showed poorer ability to identify theory of mind from pictures of eyes. The results indicate specific age-related deficits in identifying some aspects of emotion from faces, but no age effects on the understanding of emotions in verbal descriptions

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2001

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    The Gerontological Society of America

  • DOI:

    10.1093/geronb/57.6.P526

  • ISSN:

    1079-5014

  • Library of Congress:

    HT Communities. Classes. Races

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    304 Factors affecting social behavior

Citation

Phillips, L. H., MacLean, R. D. J. & Allen, R. (2001). Age and the understanding of emotions: neuropsychological and sociological perspectives. Journals of Gerontology, Series B. 57B, 526-530. doi:10.1093/geronb/57.6.P526. ISSN 1079-5014

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Keywords

Emotion; impairments; understanding; processing; young adults; older adults; facial expressions; decoding;

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