Join the Center for Research on Families for a virtual lecture, part of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series
Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger, Professor of Psychology, Boston College
When I’m 64: Age Similarities and Differences in the ways Emotional Events are Remembered
Life is filled with highs and lows, and the way we retain these events in our memories can have important implications for our mental health and overall well-being.
- How might the experience of emotion affect the likelihood that we remember an event and the types of details we remember about the event?
- How might the effects differ with age?
- What are some of the important differences in the ways that older vs. younger adults remember emotional life events?
Dr. Kensinger will address these questions and describe what an expanded model of emotional memory that she and her colleague Jaclyn Ford have developed—a model that emphasizes the role of the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex in adjusting the narrative framing and affective tone of a memory—may elucidate.