Interdependent self-construal moderates the age-related negativity reduction effect in memory and visual attention

Helene H. FUNG, Derek M. ISAACOWITZ, Alice Y. LU, Tianyuan LI

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Abstract

There is some debate concerning whether people selectively attend to and remember less negative relative to positive or neutral information with age. We argue that such an age-related negativity reduction effect may be attenuated among individuals who are more interdependent, as they are likely to perceive negative information as equally useful and important as positive information. In 2 studies, we tested this hypothesis by examining memory for (Study 1) and visual attention to (Study 2) emotional (positive vs. negative) stimuli among younger, middle-aged, and older Chinese participants. Findings revealed that the age-related negativity reduction effect was found to a lesser extent among older Chinese individuals who were more interdependent than among those who were less interdependent. Copyright © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
JournalPsychology and Aging
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Citation

Fung, H. H., Isaacowitz, D. M., Lu, A. Y., & Li, T. (2010). Interdependent self-construal moderates the age-related negativity reduction effect in memory and visual attention. Psychology and Aging, 25(2), 321-329. doi: 10.1037/a0019079

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Emotion
  • Eye tracking
  • Memory
  • Positivity effect

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