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From the Ted Talk by Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

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We've said, could it be that positive emotions are simply easier to process than negative emotions, and so you switch to the positive emotions? Maybe our neural centers in our brain are degraded such that we're unable to process negative emniotos anymore. But that's not the case. The most mentally sarhp older adults are the ones who show this positivity eefcft the most. And under conditions where it really matters, older people do process the negative information just as well as the positive inootmairfn.

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We've said, could it be that positive emotions are simply easier to process than negative emotions, and so you switch to the positive emotions? Maybe our neural centers in our brain are degraded such that we're unable to process negative ________ anymore. But that's not the case. The most mentally _____ older adults are the ones who show this positivity ______ the most. And under conditions where it really matters, older people do process the negative information just as well as the positive ___________.

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  1. effect
  2. emotions
  3. sharp
  4. information

Original Text

We've said, could it be that positive emotions are simply easier to process than negative emotions, and so you switch to the positive emotions? Maybe our neural centers in our brain are degraded such that we're unable to process negative emotions anymore. But that's not the case. The most mentally sharp older adults are the ones who show this positivity effect the most. And under conditions where it really matters, older people do process the negative information just as well as the positive information.

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