Age Related Positivity Effect On Children

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Age Related Positivity Effect What is age related positivity effect? Is it a hearty personality that fosters this age related positivity effect? Does the wisdom of life, and the many lessons, tears and triumphs, teach some individuals the skills needed to obtain this positivity effect as they age? Andrew Reed and Laura Carstensen completed a research paper entitled; The theory behind the age-related positivity effect, published in frontiers in psychology, September 27, 2012 (Reed & Carstensen, 2012). In this study age related “positivity effect” is defined the trend wherein age-related individuals favor the positive over the negative when processing cognitively (Reed & Carstensen, 2012). The older individuals recall and react to positive stimuli more often than their younger counterparts, who are drawn to the negative stimuli and memories they tend to dwell on (Reed & Carstensen, 2012). In 2005 Carstensen & Mather initially identified the “age related positivity effect” concept, assigning scores of independent replications and relating these findings that will appear in this report (Mather and Carstensen, 2005). These particular findings are considered in a theoretical context, a reliable pattern of evidence will emerge (Mather and Carstensen, 2005). There is an abundance of data available that examines this topic, more research is needed to effectively predict this theory in addition, to the individuals that will likely develop this age related “positivity effect”.…
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