In Press

  • Fung, H. H., Gong, X., Ngo, N., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (in press). Cultural differences in the age-related positivity effect: Distinguishing between preference and effectiveness. Emotion.
  • Harris, J.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (in press). Emotion in cognition. To appear in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition). Elsevier.
  • Isaacowitz, D. M. (in press). Doing more with null age effects: Introduction to the special section. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 
  • Livingstone, K. M., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (in press). Age and emotion regulation in daily life: Frequency, strategies, tactics, and effectiveness. Emotion.
  • Livingstone, K. M., Castro, V. L., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (in press). Age differences in beliefs about emotion regulation strategies. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
  • Ossenfort, K.L., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (in press). Positive and detached reappraisal in older adulthood: A temporal examination of gaze patterns. Aging and Mental Health.
  • Ossenfort, K.L, & Isaacowitz, D.M. (in press). Video games and emotion regulation: Aging and selection of interactive stimuli. GeroPsych.


  • Allard, E. S., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2019). The influence of motivational priority on younger and older adults’ positive gaze preferences. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition26(6), 882-903.
  • Castro, V.L. & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2019). Aging and the social ecology of everyday interpersonal perception: What is perceived, in whom, and where? Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 74, 988-998.
  • Castro, V. L., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2019). The same with age: Evidence for age-related similarities in interpersonal accuracy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 1517-1537.
  • Gurera, J. W., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2019). Emotion regulation and emotion perception in aging: A perspective on age-related differences and similarities. Progress in brain research247, 329-351.
  • Isaacowitz, D. M., & Lind, M. (2019). Open science is for aging research, too. Innovation in Aging, 3(4).
  • Livingstone, K. M., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2019). Age similarities and differences in spontaneous use of emotion regulation tactics across five laboratory tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 1972-1992.
  • Xing, C., Meng, Y., Isaacowitz, D. M., Wen, Y., & Lin, Z. (2019). The ending effect in investment decisions: the motivational need for an emotionally rewarding ending. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin45(4), 510-527.


  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Livingstone, K.M., Richard, M., & Seif El-Nasr, M. (2018). Aging and attention to self-selected emotional content: A novel application of mobile eye tracking to the study of emotion regulation in adulthood and aging. Psychology and Aging, 33, 361-372.
  • Lohani, M., Payne, B. R., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2018). Emotional coherence in early and later adulthood during sadness reactivity and regulation. Emotion18(6), 789.
  • Murry, M.W.E., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2018). Age similarities in interpersonal perception and conversation ability. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 42, 101-111.
  • Sands, M., Livingstone, K. M., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2018). Characterizing age-related positivity effects in situation selection. International journal of behavioral development42(4), 396-404.
  • Sen, A., Isaacowitz, D., & Schirmer, A. (2018). Age differences in vocal emotion perception: On the role of speaker age and listener sex. Cognition and Emotion32(6), 1189-1204.


  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Livingstone, K.M., & Castro, V.L. (2017). Aging and emotions: Experience, regulation and perception. Current Opinion in Psychology, 17, 79-83.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. & Ossenfort, K.L. (2017). Aging, attention and situation selection: Older adults create mixed emotional environments. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 15, 6-9.
  • Kunzmann, U., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2017). Emotional aging: Taking the immediate context seriously. Research in Human Development, 14, 182-189.
  • Livingstone, K.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2017). Positive emotion processing: Theoretical perspectives. In Pachana, N.A. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology (pp. 1831-1836). Singapore: Springer Singapore.
  • Murry, M.W.E, & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2017). Aging and emotion perception: The role of the social environment. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 597-604.
  • Namaky, N., Beltzer, M. L., Werntz, A. J., Lambert, A. E., Isaacowitz, D. M., & Teachman, B. A. (2017). Moderators of age effects on attention bias toward threat and its association with anxiety. Journal of Affective Disorders, 216, 46–57.
  • Nguyen, T.H.-D., Seif El-Nasr, M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2017). Interactive visualization for understanding of attention patterns. Chapter in M. Burch, L. Chuang, B. Fischer, A. Schmidt & D. Weiskopf (Eds.), Eye tracking and visualization: Foundations, techniques and applications. ETVIS 2015 (pp. 23-39). Springer.
  • Sands, M., & Isaacowitz. D.M. (2017). Situation selection across adulthood: The role of arousal. Cognition and Emotion, 31, 791-798.
  • Schlegel, K., Vicaria, I.M., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Hall, J.A. (2017). Effectiveness of a short audiovisual emotion recognition training program in adults. Motivation and Emotion, 41, 646–660.
  • Wirth, M., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Kunzmann, U. (2017). Visual attention and emotional reactions to negative stimuli: The role of age and cognitive reappraisal. Psychology and Aging, 32, 543-556.


  • Cannon, M.S., Ngo, N., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2016). The interplay of motivation and emotion: The view from adulthood and old age. In L.F. Barrett, M. Lewis, & J. Haviland-Jones (Eds.) Handbook of Emotions (4th edition, pp. 336-349). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Fung, H.H., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2016). The role of time and time perspective in age-related processes: Introduction to the special issue. Psychology and Aging, 31, 553-557.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Freund, A.M. (2016). Comment: Emotion, goals and distance: The view from the study of adult development and aging. Emotion Review, 8, 132-133.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Vicaria, I.M., & Murry, M.W.E. (2016). A lifespan developmental perspective on accuracy. To appear in J.A. Hall, M. Schmid Mast & T.V. West (Eds.), The social psychology of perceiving others accurately (pp. 206-229). Cambridge, UK:Cambridge University Press.
  • Livingstone, K.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2016). Age differences in use and effectiveness of positivity in emotion regulation: The sample case of attention. In A. Ong & C. Loeckenhoff (Eds.). Emotion, aging and health (pp. 31-48). Washington, DC: APA.
  • Murry, M.W.E., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2016). Emotions and aging. The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.
  • Ngo, N., Sands, M., & Isaacowitz. D.M. (2016). Emotion-cognition links in aging: Theory and evidence. To appear in V. Bengtson & R. Settersten (Eds.). Handbook of theories of aging (3rd edition, pp. 213-234). New York: Springer.
  • Sands, M., Garbacz, A., & Isaacowitz. D.M. (2016). Just change the channel? Studying effects of age on emotion regulation using a TV watching paradigm. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 788-795.
  • Vicaria, I.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2016). Age-related changes in motivation: Do they influence emotional experience across adulthood and old age? Chapter in T.S. Braver (Ed.), Motivation and Cognitive control (pp. 361-380). New York: Psychology Press.


  • Fung, H.H., Li, T., Zhang. X., Sit, I.M.I., Cheng, S.T., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2015). Too positive to be true: Exposure to positive portrayals of old age does not always have positive consequences. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70, 913-924.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Livingstone, K.M. (2015). Emotion in adulthood: What changes and why? Chapter in N.R. Branscombe and K. Reynolds (Eds.), Psychology of Change (pp. 116-132). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Livingstone, K.M, Harris, J.A., & Marcotte, S.L. (2015). Mobile eye tracking reveals little evidence for age differences in attentional selection for mood regulation. Emotion, 15, 151-161.
  • Li, T., Fung, H.H., Isaacowitz, D.M., Lang, F.R. (2015). Attention to negative emotion is related to longitudinal social network change: The moderating effect of interdependent self-construal. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 15, 1079-1086.
  • Livingstone, K.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2015). Situation selection and modification foremotion regulation in younger and older adults. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 904-910.
  • Ngo, N., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2015). Use of context in emotion perception: The role of top-down control, cue type, and perceiver’s age. Emotion, 15, 292-302.
  • Noh, S.R., & Isaacowitz. D.M. (2015). The effects of varying contextual demands on age-related positive gaze preferences. Psychology and Aging, 30, 356-368.
  • Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2015). Caring more and knowing more reduces ages-related differences in emotion perception. Psychology and Aging, 30, 383-395.
  • Vicaria, I.M., Bernieri, F.J., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2015). Perceptions of rapport across the life span: Gaze patterns and judgment accuracy. Psychology and Aging, 30, 396-406.


  • Braver, T. S., Krug, M. K., Chiew, K. S., Kool, W., Westbrook, J. A., Clement, N. J., Adcock, R. A., Barch, D. M., Botvinick, M. M., Carver, C. S., Cools, R., Custers, R., Dickinson, A. R., Dweck, C. S., Fishbach, A., Gollwitzer, P. M., Hess, T. M., Isaacowitz, D. M., Mather, M., Murayama, K., Pessoa, L., Samanez-Larkin, G. R., Somerville, L. H. (2014). Mechanisms of motivation-cognition interaction: Challenges and opportunities. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 443-472.
  • Freund, A.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Aging and social perception: So far, more similarities than differences. Psychology and Aging, 29,  451-453.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Harris, J.A. (2014). Middle-aged adults facing skin cancer: Fixation, mood, and behavior. Psychology and Aging, 29,  342-350.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Change in perceptions of personality disorder in late life: The view from socioemotional aging. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28,  166-171.
  • Lohani, M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Age differences in managing response to sadness elicitors using attentional deployment, positive reappraisal, and suppression. Cognition and Emotion, 28,  678-697.
  • Lohani, M., Larcom, M. J., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Older and happier? Age-related effects on positive emotion. In Gruber, J. & Moskowitz, J. (Eds.). Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides (pp. 246-266). Oxford University Press.
  • Stanley, J.T., Lohani, M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Age-related differences in judgments of inappropriate behavior are related to humor style preferences. Psychology and Aging, 29, 528-541.
  • Stanley, J. T. & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Putting emotional aging in context: Contextual influences on age-related changes in emotion regulation and recognition. In P. Verhaeghen and C. Hertzog (Eds.), Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem Solving During Adulthood (pp. 99-114). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Zhang, X., Fung, H.H., Stanley, J.T., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Zhang, Q. (2014). Thinking more holistically as we grow older? Results from different tasks in two cultures. Culture and Brain, 2(2), 109-121.


  • Freund, A.M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2013). Beyond age comparisons: A plea for the use of a modified Brunswikian approach to experimental designs in the study of adult development and aging.  Human Development, 56, 351-371.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Gershon, A., Allard, E.S., & Johnson, S.L. (2013). Emotion in aging and mania: Similarities, differences, and lessons for future research.  Emotion Review, 5,  312-320.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Livingstone, K.M. (2015). Emotion in adulthood: What changes and why? Chapter to appear in N.R. Branscombe and K. Reynolds (Eds.), Psychology of Change (pp. 116-132). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Noh, S.R., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2013). Aging and the malleability of emotion recognition: The role of context.  Emotion, 13,  238-249.
  • Rovenpor, D., Skosgberg, N. & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2013). The choices we make: An examination of situation selection in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28, 365-376.
  • Stanley, J.T., Zhang, X., Fung, H.H., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2013). Cultural differences in gaze and emotion recognition: Americans contrast more than Chinese. Emotion, 13, 36-46.
  • Zhang, X., Fung, H.H., Stanley, J.T., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Ho, M.Y. (2013). Perspective taking in older age revisited: A motivational perspective. Developmental Psychology, 49,1848-1858.


  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2012). Mood regulation in real time: Age differences in the role of looking. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21,  237-242.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2012). Linking process and outcome in the study of emotion and aging. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 3-17.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Choi, Y. (2012). Looking, feeling, and doing: Are there age differences in attention, mood and behavioral responses to skin cancer information? Health Psychology, 31, 650-659.
  • Noh, S.R., Larcom, M.J., Liu, X., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2012). The role of affect in attentional functioning for younger and older adults. Frontiers in Emotion Science.
  • Stanley, J.T., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2012). Socioemotional perspectives on adult development. In S.K Whitbourne & M. Sliwinski (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychology: Adult Development and Aging (pp. 236-253). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.


  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Choi, Y. (2011). The malleability of age-related positive gaze preferences: Training to change gaze and mood. Emotion, 11, 90-100.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Murphy, N.A. (2011). Aging eyes facing an emotional world: The role of motivated gaze. In R. B. Adams, N. Ambady, K. Nakayama, & S. Shimojo (Eds.), The Science of Social Vision (pp. 133-150). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Noh, S.R. (2011). Does looking at the positive mean feeling good? Age and individual differences matter. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 505-517.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Riediger, M. (2011). Introduction to the Special Section: When Age Matters. Developmental Perspectives on “Cognition and Emotion.” Cognition and Emotion, 25,  957-967.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Stanley, J.T. (2011). Bringing an ecological perspective to the study of aging and emotion recognition: Past, current, and future methods. Invited target article, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 35, 261-278.
  • Noh, S.R., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2011). Age differences in the emotional modulation of attention: Effects of emotional cues on attentional engagement and disengagement. The Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23,  709-722.
  • Noh, S.R., Lohani, M., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2011). Deliberate real-time mood regulation in adulthood: The importance of age, fixation and attentional functioning. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 998-1013.
  • Stanley, J.T., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2011). Age-related differences in profiles of mood-change trajectories. Developmental Psychology, 47,  318-330.
  • Wadlinger, H.A. & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2011). Fixing our focus: Training attention to regulate emotion. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15,  75-102.
  • Xing, C., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2011). Age differences in attention toward decision-relevant information: Education matters. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 73, 299-312.


  • Piquado, T., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Wingfield, A. (2010). Pupillometry as a measure of cognitive effort in younger and older adults. Psychophysiology, 47,  560-569.
  • Pearman, A., Andreoletti, C., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2010). Sadness prediction and response: Effects of age and agreeableness. Aging and Mental Health, 14,  355-363.
  • Murphy, N.A., Lehrfeld, J., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2010). Recognition of posed and spontaneous dynamic smiles in young and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 25,  811-821.
  • Murphy, N.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2010). Age effects and gaze patterns in recognizing emotional expressions: An in-depth look at gaze measures and covariates. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 436-452.
  • Li, T., Fung, H.H., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2010). The role of dispositional reappraisal in the age-related positivity effect. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66B, 56–60.
  • Isaacowitz. D.M., & Fung, H.L. (2010). Motivation across time and place: What gaze can tell us about aging and culture. E. Balcetis & G.D. Lassiter (Eds.), Social Psychology of Sight (pp. 27-49). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Fung, H.H., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Lu, A.Y., Li, T. (2010). Interdependent self-construal moderates age-related negativity reduction effects in memory.  Psychology and Aging, 25,  321-329.
  • Allard, E.S., Wadlinger, H.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2010). Positive gaze preferences in older adults: Assessing the role of cognitive effort with pupil dilation. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 17,  296-311.
  • You, J., Fung, H.H., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2009). Age differences in dispositional optimism: A cross-cultural study. European Journal of Aging, 6, 247-252.
  • Nguyen, H.T., Isaacowitz, D.M., & Rubin, P.A.D. (2009). Age- and fatigue-related markers of human faces: An eye tracking study. Ophthalmology, 115, 355-360.
  • Larcom, M.J. & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2009). Rapid emotion regulation after mood induction: Age and individual differences. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B, 733-741.
  • Isaacowitz. D.M., Toner, K., & Neupert, S.D. (2009). Use of gaze for real-time mood regulation: Effects of age and attentional functioning. Psychology and Aging, 24, 989-994.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Allard, E., Murphy, N.A., & Schlangel, M. (2009). The time course of age-related preferences towards positive and negative stimuli. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B, 188-192.
  • Ersner-Hershfield, H., Carvel, D.S., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2009). Feeling happy and sad, but only seeing the positive: Poignancy and the positivity effect in attention. Motivation and Emotion, 33, 333-342.
  • Wadlinger, H.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2008). Looking happy: The experimental manipulation of a positive visual attention bias. Emotion, 8, 121-126.
  • Murphy, N.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2008). Preferences for emotional information in older adults: A meta-analysis of memory and attention studies. Psychology and Aging, 23, 263-286.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Toner, K., Goren, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2008). Looking while unhappy: Mood congruent gaze in young adults, positive gaze in older adults. Psychological Science, 19, 848-853.
  • Fung, H.L., Isaacowitz, D.M., Lu, A.Y., Wadlinger, H.A., Goren, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2008). Age-related positivity enhancement is not universal: Older Chinese look away from positive stimuli. Psychology and Aging, 23,  440-446.
  • Allard, E.S., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2008). Are preferences in emotional processing affected by distraction? Examining the age-related positivity effect in visual fixation within a dual-task paradigm. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 15,  725-743.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Loeckenhoff, C.,Wright, R., Sechrest, L., Riedel, R., Lane, R.A., & Costa, P.T. (2007). Age differences in recognition of emotion in lexical stimuli and facial expressions. Psychology and Aging, 22, 147-159.
  • Xing, C., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). Aiming at happiness: How motivation affects attention to and memory for emotional images. Motivation and Emotion, 30, 249-256.
  • Wadlinger, H.A., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). Positive mood broadens visual attention to positive stimuli. Motivation and Emotion, 30, 89-101.
  • Rossi, N., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). What is important to me right now? Age differences in domain selectivity depend on the measure. Ageing International,  31, 24-43.
  • Pruzan, K., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). An attentional application of socioemotional selectivity theory in college students. Social Development, 15, 326-338.
  • Light, J., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). The effect of developmental regulation on visual attention: The example of the “Biological Clock.” Cognition and Emotion, 20, 623-645.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Wadlinger, H.A., Goren, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2006). Selective preference in visual fixation away from negative images in old age? An eye tracking study. Psychology and Aging, 21, 40-48.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Wadlinger, H.A., Goren, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2006). Is there an age-related positivity effect in visual attention? A comparison of two methodologies. Emotion, 6, 511-516.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). Understanding individual and age differences in well-being: An experimental, attention-based approach. In A. Ong & M. van Dulmen (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology (pp. 220-232). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2006). Motivated gaze: The view from the gazer. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 68-72. [Reprinted in S.T. Charles (Ed.). (2009). Current Directions in Adulthood and Aging. Boston: Pearson.]
  • Xing, C., Luo, J., & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2005). Human strengths, culture and aging. Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 6,  27-59.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2005). The gaze of the optimist. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 407-415.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2005). Correlates of well-being in adulthood and old age: A tale of two optimisms. Journal of Research in Personality, 39, 224-244.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M. (2005). An attentional perspective on successful socioemotional aging: Theory and preliminary evidence. Research in Human Development, 2, 115-132.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Vaillant, G.E., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2003). Strengths and satisfaction across the adult lifespan. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 57, 183-203.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., Smith, T.B., & Carstensen, L.L. (2003). Socioemotional selectivity and mental health among trauma survivors in old age. Ageing International, 28, 181-199.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Smith, J. (2003). Positive and negative affect in very old age. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58B, P143-P152.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Cognitive style predictors of affect change in older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 54, 233-253.
  • Isaacowitz, D.M., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2001). Is pessimistic explanatory style a risk factor for depressive mood among community-dwelling older adults? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 39, 255-272.
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