CitationSteinmetz, Katherine R. Mickley; Muscatell, Keely A.; & Kensinger, Elizabeth A. (2010). The Effect of Valence on Young and Older Adults' Attention in a Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Task. Psychology and Aging, 25(1), 239-45.
AbstractUsing a rapid serial visual presentation task, the authors examined how the emotional valence of a word affected young and older adults' abilities to detect another word that closely followed it in temporal proximity. Both age groups detected neutral words better when such words followed a positive or negative arousing word rather than a neutral arousing word. These results suggest that emotion influences attention in a similar fashion for young and older adults. Despite evidence that older adults can sometimes show a "positivity effect" in memory, we found no evidence of increased attention toward positive words for older adults.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitlePsychology and Aging
Author(s)Steinmetz, Katherine R. Mickley
Muscatell, Keely A.
Kensinger, Elizabeth A.