A new study published in the publication of Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful — what psychologists call “positive have an effect on” — are less likely to experience reminiscence decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive have an effect on’s role in healthy ageing.
A team of researchers analysed data from 991 middle-aged and older U.S. adults who participated in a national study conducted at three time periods: between 1995 and 1996, 2004 and 2006, and 2013 and 2014.
In each and every assessment, participants reported on a range of positive emotions they had experienced right through the past 30 days. In the last two assessments, participants also completed tests of reminiscence performance. These tests consisted of recalling words immediately after their presentation and again 15 minutes later.The researchers examined the organization between positive have an effect on and reminiscence decline, accounting for age, gender, education, depression, negative have an effect on, and extraversion.
“Our findings showed that reminiscence declined with age,” said Claudia Haase, an associate professor at Northwestern University and senior creator on the paper. “Alternatively, individuals with higher levels of positive have an effect on had a less steep reminiscence decline over the class lesson of nearly a decade,” added Emily Hittner, a PhD graduate of Northwestern University and the paper’s lead creator.
Areas of future research might address the pathways that could connect positive have an effect on and reminiscence, such as physical health or social relationships.
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