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Emotion Evaluation of Four Generations of Woman from a 104-Year Old Ancestress

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DOI: 10.4236/wjns.2018.83028    333 Downloads   649 Views

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Normal aging is associated with declines of perception and cognition. Inversely, emotions seem to be preserved compared to younger adults. Viewing, neutral, dramatic and comic films, emotions were evaluated in four generations of woman from a 104-year old ancestress. At the very old age, from this case report, emotions were differently expressed while arousal was still preserved. A constant emotion of scare was expressed during the viewing of these three films (p < 0.001) with significant higher level of disgust (p 0.01). Only perceptual deficiency cannot explain this difference as cognitive tasks revealed a mild cognitive impairment detected by the Mini Mental State Examination and a substantial impairment on the executive functions by using the Delayed response tasks. These results emphasize that some emotions in a normal aging centenarian are still present, even if not appropriates, and different in comparison to a young adult control group. From this study, it is expected that emotion analysis in old adults viewing selected short films will predict longevity and could discriminate normal processes occurring during normal aging from neurodegenerative diseases.

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Sicard, G. , Escoffier, G. , Salebert, E. , El Ahmadi, A. , Kevin, S. and Roman, F. (2018) Emotion Evaluation of Four Generations of Woman from a 104-Year Old Ancestress. World Journal of Neuroscience, 8, 350-362. doi: 10.4236/wjns.2018.83028.

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