Jaclyn H. Ford's research while affiliated with Boston College, USA and other places

Publications (6)

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Experiencing stress before an event can influence how that event is later remembered. In the current study, we examine how individual differences in one’s physiological response to a stressor is related to changes to underlying brain states and memory performance. Specifically, we examined how changes in intrinsic amygdala connectivity relate to po...
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The power of episodic memories is that they bring a past moment into the present, providing opportunities for us to recall details of the experiences, reframe or update the memory, and use the retrieved information to guide our decisions. In these regards, negative and positive memories can be especially powerful: Life’s highs and lows are dispropo...
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Objectives: Despite initial concerns about older adult’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports from the first months of the pandemic suggested that older adults were faring better than younger adults, reporting lower stress, negative affect, depression, and anxiety. In this study, we examined whether this pattern would persist...
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The initial phase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic changed our lives dramatically, with stay-at-home orders and extreme physical distancing requirements. The present study suggests that how adults remember these disruptions depends, in part, on their age. In two surveys collected from American and Canadian participants during Sum...
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Older adults often focus on positive aspects of past events, showing resiliency that runs counter to negative stereotypes of aging. We asked whether older adults would retain this positive focus even during the COVID-19 pandemic that puts older adults at particular health risk. We examined how age would relate to the experience of affect during the...
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Cambridge Core - Cognition - The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Aging - edited by Ayanna K. Thomas

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... By asking for subjects to report a only single positive and negative memory at each timescale, we showed that surprise affects memory accessibility but not necessarily its availability 73,127 . Probing all or a larger subset of basketball memories could determine whether surprise affects availability as well. ...
... These results are consistent with previous studies conducted on similar age groups [76,77]. Nonetheless, these findings contradict several studies where it is stipulated that young adults report higher depression levels compared to older age groups due to the way in which the pandemic affected their education and social-oriented lifestyles [78][79][80][81]. Nonetheless, systematic reviews suggest that the nature of the impact of the pandemic on mental health on older adults is more complex, since the capacity of older adults to adapt to adversities depend on cultural, social, economic, and individual factors, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in this population group is expected to vary across countries and is yet to be evaluated [72]. ...
... As part of a larger study exploring the sleep and psychological repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, [21][22][23][24] we collected metrics of sleep and public mood during a baseline period prior to acute election stress (October 1-13, 2020) and in the days surrounding the November 3, 2020 Election (October 30-November 12, 2020) from a non-representative convenience sample. All English-speaking adults aged 18+ were eligible for the study, regardless of pre-existing mental health or medical conditions (see Supplementary Materials for recruitment information). ...
... The course of healthy aging is associated with preserved daily life autonomy, although the efficiency of cognitive functions such as memory and executive control diminishes (Hinault and Lemaire 2020). Age-related cognitive decline is heterogeneous across individuals as brain functions are affected differentially across the population from the same age group (Reuter-Lorenz and Park 2014; Jauny et al. 2022b). ...