Derek Isaacowitz

Derek Isaacowitz

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2001
M.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, August, 1997
Visiting Graduate Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
A.B. in Psychology with Honors and Distinction, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, June, 1996

Area(s) of Expertise

Links between attention and emotion through adult lifespan

Research Interests

My lab investigates the links between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. We are interested in how individuals of different ages, from the teens to the 90s, manage their own emotions and recognize emotions in others, and we try to understand the role of visual attention in producing age differences both in the regulation and recognition of emotions.

We use a multi-method approach in our research on emotional development across the lifespan. We use eye tracking to measure gaze patterns towards emotional stimuli, as well as continuous mood measurement and various channels of psychophysiology to assess affective responses to those stimuli. We also employ various behavioral paradigms to assess emotion recognition accuracy and attentional abilities.

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Department of Psychology
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Staying positive may help with aging

Are you happy? With a 5-year, $1 million-plus grant from the National Institute on Aging, Associate Professor Derek M. Isaacowitz, is evaluating whether older adults benefit more from positive thinking.