Derek Isaacowitz

Professor
Location: 125 NI (Nightingale Hall), Boston, MA 02111

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Links between attention and emotion through adult lifespan

About

My lab investigates the links between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. We are interested in how individuals of different ages, from the teens to the 90s, manage their own emotions and perceive emotions in others, and we try to understand the role of visual attention in producing age…

My lab investigates the links between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. We are interested in how individuals of different ages, from the teens to the 90s, manage their own emotions and perceive emotions in others, and we try to understand the role of visual attention in producing age differences both in the regulation and perception of emotions.

We use a multi-method approach in our research on emotional development across the lifespan. We use eye tracking to measure gaze patterns towards emotional stimuli, as well as continuous mood measurement and various channels of psychophysiology to assess affective responses to those stimuli. We also employ various behavioral paradigms to assess emotion perception accuracy and attentional abilities.

Professor Isaacowitz in the news

Staying positive may help with aging

Are you happy? With a 5-year, $1 million-plus grant from the National Institute on Aging, Associate Professor Derek M. Isaacowitz, is evaluating whether older adults benefit more from positive thinking.

In a bad mood? Change the channel

If a war scene, horror flick, or some other neg­a­tive image appears on the tele­vi­sion, older adults will tend to avert their eyes.