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date: 17 May 2021

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Visceral sensations mediated by activation of the autonomic nervous system are thought to play an important role in emotional experience. Autonomic physiology changes in important and complex ways with normal aging, with implications for several aspects of emotional responding. These changes are summarized, and current research on the relationship between emotion psychophysiology and emotional experience is reviewed in light of these structural alterations. Suggested directions for future research on aging and autonomic aspects of emotion are offered that take advantage of new methodological techniques and new knowledge about autonomic aging, as well as recent theoretical developments on emotion, aging, and their intersection.

Keywords: aging, emotion, affect, autonomic nervous system, psychophysiology

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