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 of that particular situation. We are investigating how this interaction between our emotions and cognition changes as we age!
Our work so far has shed light on the neural mechanisms of motivational bias in memory among the elderly population. We showed that older adults are better able to regulate their negative emotions and as a result, they are more focused on the positive ones!
We are investigating the neural basis of such a change in age and examining the implications of such biases in social interaction and prosocial behaviors!