Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

UnknownLaura L. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University where she is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Her research program includes theoretical and empirical study of motivational and emotional changes that occur with age and the influence such changes have on cognitive processing. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and the National Advisory Council on Aging to National Institute on Aging. Carstensen’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kleemeier Award, The Richard Kalish Award for Innovative Research and distinguished mentor awards from both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association. She is the author of A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity. Carstensen received her B.S. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

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The Upside of Aging
Paul H. Irving
Chapter 1: Our Aging Population – It May Just Save Us All

A Long Bright Future
Laura L. Carstensen

The Influence of a Sense of Time on Human Development
Laura L. Carstensen, Science (2006)

Growing Old or Living Long: Take Your Pick
Laura L. Carstensen, published in “Issues in Science and Technology”, NAS Winter(2006)

Aging and the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion
Laura L. Carstensen, Joseph A. Mikels, Mara Mather
Handbook on the Psychology of Aging, Academic press (2006)