In this paper we review a series of behavioural and neuroimaging studies that focus on emotional processing in aging. Although cognitive decline increases as we age, older adults are still able to experience and regulate emotions. In particular, an increasing number of behavioural and neuroimaging studies have shown that older adults use different emotion regulation strategies aiming at increasing their positive emotions and wellbeing. The main issue is whether and how emotional processing may help understanding cognitive aging as well.
Keywords: Aging, emotions, affect regulation, positive emotions