Psychololgy’s Johnson Publishes on Everyday Problem-Solving for the Aging

Posted on 8/24/2013 3:05:33 PM

Tara Johnson coauthored “The Role of Supportive Messages  and Distracting Thoughts on Everyday Problem-Solving Performance.”

The 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.

Kimbler, K. 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