Age differences in the connection of mood and cognition: evidence from studies of mood congruent effects

Knight, Bob G. and Rastegar, Sarah and Kim, Seungyoun (2016) Age differences in the connection of mood and cognition: evidence from studies of mood congruent effects. In: Handbook of the psychology of aging, 8th ed. Elsevier, Tokyo, pp. 280-302. ISBN 978-0-12-411469-2


The mood-cognition linkage is a key element of the theories underlying cognitive behaviour therapy, one of the most well established psychological therapies with adults of all ages for depression and anxiety. In this chapter, we review current theories and research on age differences in the effects of mood on cognition, with particular attention to mood congruence effects as a way to explore age differences in the mood-cognition linkage when moods change from usual homeostasis to a more negative tone. First, we review theories of mood congruent cognition and conceptual and methodological issues in the study of mood-congruent cognition. Next, we present evidence for the mood-congruence phenomenon, comprised of lab-based research primarily conducted with younger populations. We then review the research on age differences in the mood-congruent linkage, and discuss potential implications of this literature for adaptations of theory, assessment, and therapeutic interventions with older clients.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 23:56
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 00:19
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-411469-2.00015-7

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