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Dr. Carstensen addresses the Alliance for Aging Research
Washington, DC, September 2016
Dr. Carstensen gives an acceptance speech for the Silver Innovator Award, presented to her by the Alliance for Aging Research organization. In her speech, she briefly details the newly released Sightlines Project as well as the motivations behind the project.



Big Data in Biomedicine Conference
Stanford University, June 2015
In this presentation, Dr. Carstensen discusses the implications of our rapidly expanding adult life-span. Dr. Carstensen explains the many factors that contribute to our increased life expectancy, as well as the ways in which we can improve health and well-being at advanced ages.



The Emotional Side of Aging: Growing Older and Better
Nobel Week Dialogue, 12/9/14
At the 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue event in Stockholm, Dr. Carstensen presented on Socioemotional Selectivity Theory and its implications for emotional changes across the life-span.



Changing Attitudes to the Elderly
Nobel Week Dialogue, 12/9/14
At the 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue event in Stockholm, Dr. Carstensen participated in a panel discussion about perceptions of the elderly, and how these perceptions may change in the coming years. Other panelists include Naohiro Ogawa, Ursula Staudinger, and Martin Kohli. The panel was moderated by Soki Choi.



Life Expectancy and the New Longevity
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 10/23/14
Dr. Carstensen discusses how dramatic increases in life expectancy may change the way our society views old age. This presentation was delivered as part of the Stanford Reunion Homecoming and the Graduate School of Business Fall Reunion/Alumni Weekend.



The New Culture of Aging
Chicago Ideas Week, 10/18/14
Dr. Carstensen spoke about the world's growing average life expectancy at the "Chicago Ideas Week" event. She says that although our society was built by and for young people, we must adapt in order to accommodate and take full advantage of our aging population.



Stanford Center on Longevity's Design Challenge, "Enabling Personal Mobility Across the Life-span"
Stanford Center on Longevity, 2014



Experts in Emotion Series; June Gruber, Yale University
2013
In this episode, Dr. June Gruber will speak about Emotion and Aging with Dr. Laura Carstensen from Stanford University. Dr. Carstensen will share what first got her interested in this topic and highlight a few core themes in her research. We will then hear Dr. Carstensen share what she sees as the most exciting future discoveries in store on this subject. The interview will conclude with a few words of advice for getting involved in the field of emotion from Dr. Carstensen.



A Long Bright Future: A Book Talk with Laura Carstensen
The Stanford Clayman Institute, 11/1/12
By 2015, the number of people over 65 will surpass the number of children under 15, and in future generations, living to 100 will be commonplace. Former Clayman Institute Director Laura Carstensen discusses the opportunities that increased longevity offers for work, family, and social relationships for all of life's stages.



Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population: Long Life in the 21st Century
National Building Museum, 4/26/12
"Long Life in the 21st Century" session at the Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population symposium, April 26, 2012. The speaker is Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, professor of psychology, Stanford University.



Lunchtime Talk with Laura Carstensen
Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, 2/11/12
Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences co-sponsored the conference, "Law and Policy of the Developing Brain: Neuroscience from Womb to Death." Laura Carstensen from the Stanford Center on Longevity was featured in the conference's lunchtime talk to further discuss developments in neuroscience and the implications for law and policy.



Emotion and Aging: Exploding the Misery Myth
UCSF, 2012
Laura L. Carstensen, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, says that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome as we age is a phenomenon called the "misery myth." She argues that we need to overcome this tendency to imagine old age as bleak and dreaded.



Older People Are Happier
TEDxWomen Conference, 12/1/11
Speaking about her research on aging and the positivity effect, Dr. Laura Carstensen was one of several experts asked to speak at the national TEDxWomen Conference, where she spoke alongside Barbara Walters, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and others. Her speech and presentations are now online for global viewing.



Future Self
Stanford University, 2011
The Future Self project uses virtual reality to introduce young people to their older Avatars in an effort to influence their behavior and financial planning for the future. This project is a collaboration between the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Virtual Human Interaction Lab.



America's Opportunity-The Potential of an Aging Society
The Gerontological Society of America, 2011
Dr. Laura Carstensen speaks about the great potential of an aging society and how elected officials must prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.



Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers
Stanford University, 10/23/10
The 2010 Roundtable at Stanford featured a prestigious panel discussing aging and the issues that accompany it. The conversation was moderated by Tom Brokaw and featured John Hennessy, Laura Carstensen, Sandra Day O'Connor, Robert Sapolsky, Sheryl Sandberg and Barry Rand. The panel discusses a variety of issues from social security to age related diseases and public awareness. The 2010 Roundtable took place during Stanford University's Reunion Homecoming Weekend. It was the fifth annual Roundtable at Stanford and took place in Maples Pavillion.



Teaching Critical Thinking About Gender
Stanford University, 2/27/03