The authors compared 18 centenarians' (M age = 100.1years, SD = 1.8years) recognition memory for emotional (positive, negative, and religious) pictures with 18 older adults (M age = 75.2years, SD = 6.8years). Participants observed a series of images that varied in emotional valence and meaning and were later asked to discriminate between old and new images in a series of pictures that included studied images as well as new images. Centenarians showed decreased recognition memory for positive and negative images items compared with older adults, F(1, 34) = 9.82, p <.01. In addition, a significant age by valence interaction was observed highlighting how centenarians remembered religious pictures better while older adults favoured positive information when only positive pictures were taken into consideration. Results are interpreted in terms of possible age-linked changes in meaningful goals that lead centenarians to focus on meaningful religious self-relevant information rather than simply on positive information. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Centenarians' "holy" memory: is being positive enough?

FAIRFIELD, Beth
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MAMMARELLA, Nicola
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DI DOMENICO, ALBERTO
Ultimo
2013-01-01

Abstract

The authors compared 18 centenarians' (M age = 100.1years, SD = 1.8years) recognition memory for emotional (positive, negative, and religious) pictures with 18 older adults (M age = 75.2years, SD = 6.8years). Participants observed a series of images that varied in emotional valence and meaning and were later asked to discriminate between old and new images in a series of pictures that included studied images as well as new images. Centenarians showed decreased recognition memory for positive and negative images items compared with older adults, F(1, 34) = 9.82, p <.01. In addition, a significant age by valence interaction was observed highlighting how centenarians remembered religious pictures better while older adults favoured positive information when only positive pictures were taken into consideration. Results are interpreted in terms of possible age-linked changes in meaningful goals that lead centenarians to focus on meaningful religious self-relevant information rather than simply on positive information. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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