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Study links 'positivity effect' with subclinical memory impairment

from Psychiatiry Advisor

While a sizable body of research suggests that older adults have selective memory for positive information, findings have been mixed overall. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that this "positivity effect" may be limited to older adults with subclinical memory impairment. An abundance of evidence has shown age-related general decline of episodic memory, while other findings indicate that older adults may be prone to a "positivity effect," in which they are biased toward remembering positive vs negative information. more


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