Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 06 May 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Despite decreases in cognitive control with advancing age, older adults maintain high levels of well-being. On the surface, this is surprising, given that emotion regulation, which is often associated with well-being, has been shown to require cognitive control. This chapter discusses three possible explanations for these seemingly contradictory findings, with a particular focus on the recent hypothesis that older adults regulate emotions more efficiently than young adults, therefore requiring less cognitive control for successful regulation.

Keywords: emotion regulation, development, aging, cognitive control, well-being, affect, positivity effect, motivation, automatization

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.