University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.A. in Psychology, August, 1997
Ph.D. in Psychology, May, 2001
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany Visiting Graduate Student
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
A.B. in Psychology with Honors and Distinction, June, 1996
Area(s) of Expertise
Links between attention and emotion through adult lifespan
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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In a bad mood? Change the channel
If a war scene, horror flick, or some other negative image appears on the television, older adults will tend to avert their eyes.