Cognitive Control of Emotion in Older Adults: A Review

Clin Psychiatry (Wilmington). 2017;3(1):9. doi: 10.21767/2471-9854.100040. Epub 2017 May 17.


Prior studies have found that compared to younger peers, older adults become happier and regulate emotions better as they age. However, research has also demonstrated that successful emotion regulation relies on well-functioning neural networks including the cognitive control network (CCN) and default mode network (DMN), which include brain structures that tend to deteriorate in the aging process. This dichotomy of improved stress management and emotion control in conjunction with deterioration in relevant neural networks and structures is interesting and worthy of further discussion and study.

Keywords: Cognitive Control Network; Emotion Regulation; Geriatric; Mood Disorders.