Our Research

Our lab aims to understand biological and behavioral changes that     promote well-being and vitality as we age.

Human beings are emotionally resilient, curious, and flexible. Even as cognitive and neural

integrity declines with age, many older adults are content, fulfilled, and able to make important

decisions that promote emotional health. Our studies investigate what separates those who thrive

from those who struggle in the face of distress.

Using methods such as fMRI, eye tracking/pupillometry, ECG/heart rate variability, and self-

report, among others, we aim to understand the brain-basis of resilience and well-being in later

life.

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Our research aims to answer questions like-

 Do age-related changes to neural networks make it easier to be hopeful and see the silver lining in stressful situations?

 Does meaning-making following trauma look different for resilient individuals?

 Do our life experiences and challenges surmounted promote emotional flexibility?

 Does our ability to be mindful help us deal with uncertainty as we age?