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

Phillips, Louise H, MacLean, Rory D J and Allen, Roy (2002) Age and the understanding of emotions: neuropsychological and sociological perspectives. Journals of Geronotology B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 57B (6). pp. 526-530. ISSN 1079-5014

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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

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1079-5014
Electronic ISSN: 1758-5368
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; impairments; understanding; processing; young adults; older adults; facial expressions; decoding;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Science and Health Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Item ID: 4871
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 11:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 14:50

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