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The effect of age and time perspective on implicit motives

Valero, Domingo and Nikitin, Jana and Freund, Alexandra M.. (2015) The effect of age and time perspective on implicit motives. Motivation and Emotion, 39. pp. 175-181.

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Abstract

People differ in how open-ended or limited they perceive their future. We argue that individual differences in future time perspective affect the activation of implicit motives. Perceiving the time remaining for the satisfaction of one’s motives as limited should be associated with a higher activation of these motives than perceiving one’s future as more open-ended. Given that future time perspective decreases across adulthood, older adults should score higher on implicit motives than younger adults. This hypothesis was supported in a study with young ( n = 53, age M = 25.60 years) and older adults ( n = 55, age M = 68.05 years). Additionally, an experimental manipulation of future time perspective showed that age-related differences in implicit motives are influenced by future time perspective. These findings demonstrate that future time perspective is an important factor to explain the strength of motives.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Nikitin)
UniBasel Contributors:Nikitin, Jana
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0146-7239
e-ISSN:1573-6644
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:03 Nov 2017 08:25

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