Aging and the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion


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“This chapter aims to integrate the disparate domains of cognitive aging and socio-emotional aging from the perspective of a motivational theory of life-span development. A thorough understanding of how the human mind adapts ontogenetically requires an integrative perspective of cognition, emotion, and motivation. The aging mind is generally characterized by divergent trajectories. Old age is marked by deterioration in most mental processes; especially those that are effortful and deliberative decline ubiquitously, while a few automatic processes and well-learned expertise-related functions remain unscathed. Evidence also indicates that even in old age there is remarkable plasticity of function. Not only can practice improve the performance of older adults, but instructional frames that portray a positive account of aging and memory can also improve performance.”


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subject terms

Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental

Aging & Longevity > Positive Aging


Laura Carstensen

Mara Mather

book title

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging: Sixth Edition

chapter title

Aging and the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion

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