Older adults' perception of social and emotional cues

Phillips, Louise H., Slessor, Gillian, Bailey, Phoebe E. and Henry, Julie D. (2014). Older adults' perception of social and emotional cues. In Paul Verhaeghen and Christopher K. Hertzog (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood (pp. 9-25) New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199899463.001.0001

Author Phillips, Louise H.
Slessor, Gillian
Bailey, Phoebe E.
Henry, Julie D.
Title of chapter Older adults' perception of social and emotional cues
Title of book The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199899463.001.0001
Open Access Status
Year available 2013
Series Oxford Library of Psychology
ISBN 9780199899463
Editor Paul Verhaeghen
Christopher K. Hertzog
Chapter number 2
Start page 9
End page 25
Total pages 17
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Adult aging influences the decoding of social and emotional cues. Older adults perform worse than younger adults in labeling some types of emotional expression from faces, bodies, and voices. Age-related declines also occur in following social cues from eye gaze. Other aspects of social perception show age-related stability, including automatic mimicry responses to emotional stimuli. There are also age-related improvements or positivity biases in some social perception tasks such as decoding information about smiles. Evidence to date indicates that age-related deficits in social perception are not caused by general cognitive or perceptual decline. Other plausible explanations for age effects on social perception include structural changes in the aging brain, or age-related alterations in motivational goals. To date, there is not enough direct evidence to evaluate these possibilities. It is important to learn more about how the social and emotion perception changes in old age influence everyday interpersonal interactions and well-being.
Keyword Aging
Social perception
Emotion perception
Joint attention
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online publication date: Dec 2013

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