Functional neuroimaging studies of aging and emotion: fronto-amygdalar differences during emotional perception and episodic memory.


Journal Article (Review)

Emotional processes are enhanced in aging, such that aging is characterized by superior emotional regulation. This article provides a brief review of the neural bases supporting this effect with a focus on functional neuroimaging studies of perception and episodic memory. The most consistent finding across these studies is that older adults show an alteration in the recruitment of the amygdala, but greater recruitment of the frontal cortex. These Fronto-amygdalar Age-related Differences in Emotion (FADE) may reflect emotional regulation strategies mediated by frontal brain regions that dampen emotion-related activations in the amygdala.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • St Jacques, PL; Bessette-Symons, B; Cabeza, R

Published Date

  • November 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 819 - 825

PubMed ID

  • 19703320

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19703320

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-7661

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1355-6177

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1355617709990439


  • eng