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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 how 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.


Friday, November 6, 2020 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Virtual via Zoom
Free and Open to the Public



Elizabeth Kensinger is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Boston College.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At Boston College, she directs the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory, conducting research to better understand the links between emotion and memory and how those links change as adults age. She has authored over 200 scientific articles as well as the book Emotional Memory Across the Adult Lifespan. Her research currently is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Retirement Research Foundation