Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing

Rendell, Peter G., Phillips, Louise H., Henry, Julie D., Brumby-Rendell, Tristan, de la Piedad Garcia, Xochitl, Altgassen, Mareike and Kliegel, Matthias (2011) Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing. Cognition and Emotion, 25 5: 916-925. doi:10.1080/02699931.2010.508610

Author Rendell, Peter G.
Phillips, Louise H.
Henry, Julie D.
Brumby-Rendell, Tristan
de la Piedad Garcia, Xochitl
Altgassen, Mareike
Kliegel, Matthias
Title Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing
Journal name Cognition and Emotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9931
Publication date 2011-08
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02699931.2010.508610
Volume 25
Issue 5
Start page 916
End page 925
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hove, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Emotional factors have been found to be an important influence on memory. The current study investigated the influence of emotional salience and age on a laboratory measure of prospective memory (PM); Virtual Week. Thirty young and 30 old adults completed Virtual Week, in which the emotional salience of the tasks at encoding was manipulated to be positive, negative or neutral in content. For event-based, but not time-based tasks, positivity enhancement in both age groups was seen, with a greater number of positive PM tasks being performed relative to neutral tasks. There was no negativity enhancement effect. Older adults showed generally poorer levels of PM, but they also demonstrated greater beneficial effects of positive valence compared to young. These effects of emotion on PM accuracy do not appear to reflect the retrospective component of the task as a different pattern of emotion effects was seen on the recall of PM content. Results indicate that older adults’ difficulties in prospective remembering can be reduced where the tasks to be remembered are positive.
Keyword Prospective memory
Emotional saliency
Emotional valence
Positivity enhancement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published under Brief Reports. First published on: 05 October 2010 (iFirst).

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