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Let me see your smile : the relation between autobiographical memories and smiling of healthy older adults

Mansveld, T. (2020) Let me see your smile : the relation between autobiographical memories and smiling of healthy older adults.

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Abstract:The present study was a first attempt to look at the relation of valence and intensity with the different smiling characteristics of healthy older adults. The findings show that valence and intensity partly have the same relation with facial expression and smiling in healthy older adults as for younger adults. However, some of the findings show a complex pattern where it seems that valence and intensity have a different relation with smiling in healthy older adults than they do have for younger adults. This could be due to the presence of the positivity-effect, that explains how elderly people tend to control their experiences of negative affect. However, other factors, such as research method, included types of smiling and reliability of the used software programs might also explain the complexity of the findings. The complexity of the findings 31 makes it difficult to discern a clear pattern in the way healthy older adults smile. For future research it is therefore advised to take the recommendations and weak and strong points into account to be able to provide a better answer to the question how intensity and valence relate to the way healthy older adults smile. It is important to conduct a follow up research regarding emotion expression in healthy older adults, since this can lay the groundwork for emotion recognition in older adults that are diagnosed with a form of dementia. Recognizing emotions in older adults that are diagnosed with a form of dementia, might lead to better and more personalized healthcare
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85275
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