The choices we make: An examination of situation selection in younger and older adults

Daniel R. Rovenpor, Nikolaus J. Skogsberg, Derek M. Isaacowitz

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The current study examined the effects of age and control beliefs on the use of situation selection. Younger and older adults spent 15 min in a room containing multiple affective streams that varied in emotional valence, and were given free choice to engage with whatever they wanted. No significant main effect of age emerged on the number of choices of, or time spent with, material of each valence. However, age and beliefs interacted such that older adults with strong emotion regulation self-efficacy and general control beliefs chose fewer negative stimuli, whereas younger adults with strong beliefs chose more negative stimuli. Results are discussed from aging and individual differences perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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