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Perceptions - Perceptions Our primary focus in this study...

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Perceptions Our primary focus in this study is on how people expect future events to unfold, depending upon the mixture of positive and negative events that came before, and on whether physical or social topics are highlighted. You completed a version of the "Event Likelihood Task" where you read scenarios that contained one of several combinations of positive and negative events. The events you saw were either (1) all positive; (2) all negative; (3) positive first but then switching to negative; (4) negative first but then switching to positive; or (5) no positive or negative information (i.e., all event statements were " +++ and something else happens ++ +"). Then, during the judgment phase, everyone was asked to assess the likelihood of positive, negative, and neutral events happening next in each situation. We will be examining whether age differences and differences in mood (e.g., sadness) are related to different future-event-likelihood judgments. Previous findings from laboratory studies (e.g., Cabeleira,
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