Tara Johnson coauthored “The Role of Supportive Messages
and Distracting Thoughts
on Everyday Problem-Solving Performance.”
study examined the role of experimentally provided
supportive messages intended to provide practical or
emotional support on everyday problem-solving performance in middle-aged and
older adults. Results indicated
that emotionally supportive messages may increase everyday problem-solving
performance by decreasing the amount of distracting thoughts experienced by
participants. This finding suggests that consistent administration of
emotionally supportive messages could result in more optimal everyday
problem-solving performance among middle-aged and older adults.
J., Margrett, J.
A., & Johnson, T. L. (2012). The role of supportive messages and
distracting thoughts on everyday problem-solving performance. Experimental
Aging Research,38, 537-558.
Department of Psychology