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In the broadest sense, our research focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that people use to adapt to life circumstances as they age. We study the ways in which motivation changes developmentally and how this relates to emotional processing and emotion regulation. The laboratory's research has increased understanding of emotions, attention, and memory in older adults. Our approach utilizes diverse methodologies ranging from laboratory experiments to field studies examining aspects of emotional functioning in day-to-day life.

Our lab often collaborates with the Stanford Center on Longevity, a research center that is dedicated to redesigning long life.

If you would like more information about the lab, feel free to contact us via email at


Recent News

  • November 2019: Congrats to Hsiao-Wen Liao and Yochai Shavit for presenting their posters at GSA's annual conference!

    View them here: 2019_gsa_poster_-_cognitive_tradeoffs.pdf 2019_gsa_poster_-_gfk_work_preferences.pdf

  • October 2019: The lab welcomes Anu Siren, a visiting scholar from Denmark! We look forward to collaborating with her.
  • July 2019: Congrats to James, who is joining us as our new lab manager!
  • June 2019: Congrats to Brett for completing her senior undergraduate thesis and graduating! The lab wishes her well as she departs to pursue her Master's at UCLA and USC!
  • May 2019: Congrats to Sarah Raposo for successfully defending her thesis!