Dr. Ready is a geriatric neuropsychologist with research interests in the assessment of emotion regulation in healthy aging and in clinical populations, including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. She studies emotion reactions in the lab and in daily life and is interested in how individual difference factors, such as executive functions, memory, and personality affect emotion regulation outcomes. She utilizes multiple methods to measure emotion variables, such as subjective reports, neuropsychological testing, observation, cortisol, and physiological data. The goal of her research program is to determine mechanisms that drive emotion health and well-being in healthy aging and clinical populations.
Her current research focuses on emotion reactivity and recovery after negative mood induction in younger adults, older adults, and older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. We determine how emotion regulation strategies, executive functions, and memory affect reactivity to sadness mood induction that involves film clips about interpersonal loss. We collect extensive data on each participant, including emotional traits, neuropsychological scores, physiological reactivity, subjective emotions, and behaviors. Preliminary data suggest that older adults with greater memory capabilities are better able to recover from sadness mood induction than older adults with less strong memory capabilities. These data speak illuminate a mechanism underlying risk for emotion dysregulation in older adult with memory impairment. Future studies will address reactivity to different negative emotions and if older adults can be taught to implement effective emotion regulation techniques.
Learn more at: www.psych.umass.edu/people/rebeccaready/
- BA Northwestern University, 1995
- PhD University of Iowa, 2001
- Predoctoral Internship: Brown Medical School, 2000-2001
- Postdoctoral Training: Brown Medical School, 2001-2003
- Postdoctoral Training: University of Pittsburgh, 2003-2004