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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (9): 1372-1382.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01372

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Automatic and Controlled Processing of Facial Expressions in the Aging Brain

CHEN Wenfeng1; TANG Wei1,2; JI Luyan1,2; TONG Ke1,2; XUAN Yuming1; FU Xiaolan1   

  1. (1 State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China) (2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
  • Received:2013-12-10 Online:2014-09-15 Published:2014-09-15
  • Contact: CHEN Wenfeng, E-mail:


Research on emotional aging has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. However, the field lacks a unified account of the phenomenon. From the perspective of interaction between emotion and cognition, this study intends to investigate effects of automatic and controlled processing of emotional aging. Combining behavioral, ERP and fMRI methods, this study will examine behavioral and neural correlates of these factors, as well as individual differences under these conditions. The research aims to provide empirical data for modeling, and to shed light on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of emotional aging.

Key words: facial expression, aging, emotion, automatic process, controlled process