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. Our research focuses specifically on motivation and emotional functioning. We study the ways in which motivation changes developmentally and how this relates to emotional processing and emotional regulation.
Research from our laboratory has contributed to a growing literature suggesting that the emotion system "works" well even in very old age, and that the ability to experience emotions deeply and regulate them effectively may even improve with age.
Our empirical approach utilizes diverse methodologies ranging from laboratory experiments focusing on the underlying processes involved in emotion regulation to field studies examining aspects of emotional functioning in day-to-day life.