This friday, June 30th, FROM 2 to 3pm in room 302, Associate Professor Ted Ruffman from the University of Otago will present his original work on:
Social/Emotional Understanding in Older Adults: The Neuropsychology of Aging
This talk will discuss recent research examining emotion and social understanding in older adults. We find that older adults (60 plus years) are worse when recognising facial expressions of anger, sadness and fear. They are also worse recognising some bodily and vocal expressions, at recognising who looks "dangerous", and they look less to the eyes of faces and more to mouths when compared to younger adults. I will consider whether all older adults are affected or just some, and will argue that change in the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala might account for worse social/emotional understanding with age.
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