Social and emotional processes in aging
Have you ever wondered why you won't forget the moment your child was born or the feeling of your first kiss? Our memories are influenced by our emotions. Our cognitive capacities such as reasoning, memory, attention are modified by our mood and our emotions, as well as the emotional contents, carry in that particular situation. We are investigating how this interaction between our emotions and cognition changes as we age!
Our works have shown that as we get older our capacity to remember more positive events and information improves substantially. There are several arguments for this phenomenon but one is that older adults are better able to regulate their negativity and as a result, they are more focused on the positive ones!
We are investigating the neural basis of such change in age and examining what are the predictors for such a shift in aging!