Journal article

Reduced facial reactivity as a contributor to preserved emotion regulation in older adults.

David J Pedder, Gill Terrett, Phoebe E Bailey, Julie D Henry, Ted Ruffman, Peter G Rendell

Psychology and Aging | Published : 2016

Abstract

This study investigated whether differences in the type of strategy used, or age-related differences in intensity of facial reactivity, might contribute to preserved emotion regulation ability in older adults. Young (n = 35) and older (n = 33) adults were instructed to regulate their emotion to positive and negative pictures under 3 conditions (watch, expressive suppression, cognitive 'detached' reappraisal). Participants were objectively monitored using facial electromyography (EMG) and assessed on memory performance. Both age groups were effectively, and equivalently, able to reduce their facial expressions. In relation to facial reactivity, the percentage increase of older adults' facial ..

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