Putting Emotional Aging in Context

Jennifer Tehan Stanley and Derek M. Isaacowitz

in The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780199899463
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:
Putting Emotional Aging in Context

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Emotion regulation and recognition do not take place in a vacuum; instead, these emotional processes happen in specific contexts. In this chapter, we highlight context effects in the study of socioemotional aging and consider in detail three forms of context that may be relevant for age effects on both emotion regulation and emotion recognition: perceiver context, stimulus context, and emotional context. After reviewing what is known in each of these three areas for both regulation and recognition differences with age, paying particular attention to those factors that moderate the age differences, we consider the implications for theory and research of focusing on context in the study of emotional aging.

Keywords: context; emotion regulation; emotion recognition; lifespan developmental perspective

Article.  11271 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Social Psychology

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