Carstensen Life-span Development Lab
Department of Psychology
450 Serra Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2130

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. We study the ways in which motivation changes developmentally and how this relates to emotional processing and emotion regulation. The laboratory's research has increased understanding of emotions, attention, and memory in older adults. Our approach utilizes diverse methodologies ranging from laboratory experiments to field studies examining aspects of emotional functioning in day-to-day life.

Our lab often collaborates with the Stanford Center on Longevity, a research center that is dedicated to redesigning long life. For more information about the center, visit their website.

If you would like more information about the lab, feel free to contact us via email at

Do you want to participate in our research?

Many of our lab members are hiring Research Assistants! See the following links for informationa bout working with Michael Chan, Sarah Raposo, and Dan Tassone & Jessica Barnes.

Click here for information about participating in studies at Stanford or online.

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Department of Psychology, 450 Serra Mall
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2130