The Lifespan Emotional Development Lab (LEDlab) investigates emotion regulation and affective experience across the adult lifespan. We are interested in how individuals of different ages manage their emotions, and how different strategies can promote emotional well-being in older adulthood.
Our research, led by Professor Derek Isaacowitz, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Our lab utilizes a multi-method approach to capture the many facets of emotion regulation. Eye tracking technology allows us to examine the link between visual attention and affective experience. Physiological measures, such as electrocardiography and electrodermal response, help us see how our bodies process emotion differently with age. In the last few years, we have developed novel techniques for assessing age differences in regulatory strategies such as situation selection and modification. Recently, our data collection has even moved outside of the lab, using mobile apps to examine emotion regulation strategies in everyday life.