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Affective Forecasting as a Resource for Situation Selection Across the Lifespan
The resources for situation selection, an emotion
regulation strategy in which one chooses situations
based on their emotional potential, remain unknown.
In two studies, Victoria Floerke, Molly Sands, Derek
Isaacowitz, Ayanna Thomas, and Heather Urry tested
the hypothesis that affective forecasting, or the
ability to predict how situations will make one
would be associated with situation selection.
In Study 1, there was no association between younger adults' affective forecasting error and the extent to which they watched more emotional (than neutral) videos. In Study 2, there was an association between affective forecasting error and the extent to which participants watched more emotional (than neutral) videos; but no age difference was found.
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