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The "positivity effect" refers to an age-related trend that favors positive over negative stimuli in cognitive processing. Relative to their younger counterparts, older people attend to and remember more positive than negative information. Since the effect was initially identified and the conceptual basis articulated (Mather and Carstensen, 2005) scores of independent replications and related findings have appeared in the literature. Over the same period, a number of investigations have faileddoi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00339 pmid:23060825 pmcid:PMC3459016 fatcat:tqo5a4av5vczte3kv5pmkcipfm