The Importance Of Emotion Regulation In Older Adults

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In 2014, Gross & John conducted an experiment to validate the emotion regulation questionnaire, they were trying to address “what is emotion?” and how one may try to regulate their emotions. “Emotion regulation refers to shaping which emotions one has, when one has them, and how one experiences or expresses these emotions (Gross, 1998)(Gross, 2014).” This is an important aspect when trying to conduct an experiment on emotions; some people are better at regulating their emotions than others. Emotion regulation can affect us all and if we do it well, it can enhance our performance on experiments that are trying to validate emotion regulation. “A discussion of emotion regulation presupposes an understanding of what emotion is (Gross, 2014).” In …show more content…
Emery and Thomas Hess wrote on article on Cognitive Consequences of Expressive Regulation in Older Adults examining older adults and determining whether they show the same memory effect as shown in younger adults. “Expression regulation in younger adults appears to have the cognitive consequences of reduced memory for the emotional stimuli, an effect that had previously been linked to the redirection of attention from processing the stimulus to controlling behavior (Emery & Hess, 2011).” Dr. Emery and Thomas Hess conducted a study to test whether older adults reacted and resulted the same as the younger ones when suppressing their emotions. To test their theory they had “old adults and young adults view positive and negative emotional pictures under instructions to view the pictures naturally, enhance their facial expressions, or suppress their facial expressions (Emery & Hess, 2011).” This study was looking at consequences of expressive regulation and how expressive regulation influenced subsequent memory. The results concluded that there was a significant difference in the effects of expressive regulation on memory. “Younger adults showed reduced picture recall after suppression, but older adults did not (Emery & Hess, 2011).” In conclusion one could summarize that the elderly folks are always the wisest …show more content…
Therefore our research was done to examine the relationship between a couple of factors: reappraisal/suppression and emotional experience/expression and mood/memory. Study 1 was a correlational study to determine how suppression was associated with the experience and expression of positive and negative emotion. While study 2 was an experimental study to determine how suppression of positive emotion impacts mood and memory. For study 1, our predictions for emotional experience were that there would be a positive correlation between PANAS-Positive and ERQ-Reappraisal, and a negative correlation between PANAS-Negative and ERQ-Reappraisal. As for ERQ-Suppression, we predicted there would be negative correlation with the PANAS-Positive scale, and either a positive correlation or no correlation between ERQ-Suppression and PANAS-Negative. When looking at the results for emotional expression, our class hypothesized there would be a positive correlation between the BEQ-Positive and ERQ-Reappraisal, and a negative correlation between BEQ-Negative and ERQ-Reappraisal. As for the suppression, we hypothesized there would be negative correlations for both the BEQ-Positive and BEQ-Negative when compared with the

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