Keywords

Age, Emotion regulation, Health, Reactivity, Stress

Abstract

In this meta-analytic review of 31 laboratory studies, we examined if relatively older adults showed lower or higher cardiovascular reactivity compared with relatively younger adults. Results revealed that age was associated with lower heart rate reactivity but higher systolic blood pressure (SBP) reactivity during emotionally evocative tasks. Consistent with the predictions of dynamic integration theory, the result for SBP was moderated by the degree of task activation. These data are discussed in light of existing self-regulatory models and important future research directions.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

Included in

Psychology Commons

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