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New Boundaries Between Aging, Cognition, and Emotions

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Numerous studies have reported age-related differences for emotional information. For example, when, compared to younger adults, older adults reveal a relative preference in attention and memory for positive over negative information. One explanation places emphasis on an emotion processing preference in ...

Numerous studies have reported age-related differences for emotional information. For example, when, compared to younger adults, older adults reveal a relative preference in attention and memory for positive over negative information. One explanation places emphasis on an emotion processing preference in older adults that reflects their socioemotional self-relevant goals.

Based on evidence from behavioral and neuroscientific research, researchers have realized that it is necessary to propose a new conceptual framework to describe the relationship between cognition and emotion.

Given the growing body of research focused on the interaction between emotions and cognition, our purpose is to provide a picture of the state of the art of the interaction between aging, cognition and emotions.

Suggested contributions are welcomed that include empirical studies, focused reviews, theoretical and modeling proposals, and studies on the biological underpinnings of these phenomena. Studies that attempt to explain the functional role of emotions suggesting new hypotheses and directions are also welcome. We are open to empirical work (from psychophysics, perceptual science, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, brain theory, etc.) conforming to rigorous methodological and statistical standards that help to advance understanding on the mechanisms and the role of emotions in the lifespan.


Keywords: cognition, aging, emotion, lifespan, positivity effect, perception, memory, attention


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