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- Dr. Mikels' research program represents a multi-level analysis of the interface between emotion and cognition, and how emotion-cognition interactions relate to and underlie complex social behavior. His laboratory, the Emotion and Cognition Laboratory, conducts behavioral, neuroimaging, and life-span studies examining how emotion interfaces with cognitive processes such as working memory and selective attention. In another line of research, the lab studies the role of emotion-cognition interactions in complex decision making, and how the decision quality of older adults could be improved.
- Follow Your Heart or Your Head? The Effects of Affective Versus Deliberative Decision Strategies Differ by Age Group. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 16:87-95. 2010
selected publications listing
- Mikels, J. A., Loeckenhoff, C., Maglio, S., Goldstein, M., Garber, A., & Carstensen, L. L. (in press). Following your heart or your head: Focusing on emotions versus information differentially influences the decisions of younger and older adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
- Shamaskin, A. M., Mikels, J. A., & Reed, A. E. (in press). Getting the message across: Age differences in the positive and negative framing of healthcare messages. Psychology and Aging.
- Sullivan, S., Mikels, J. A., & Carstensen, L. L. (in press). You never lose the ages you've been: How age facilitates perspective taking ability in an affective domain. Psychology and Aging.
- Mikels, J. A., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., Beyer, J. A., & Fredrickson, B. L. (in press). Emotion and working memory: Evidence for domain-specific processes for affective maintenance. Emotion.
- Mikels, J. A. & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (in press). Affective working memory: Converging evidence for a new construct. In S. Yoshikawa (Ed.), Emotional Mind: New Directions in Affective Science.
- Ersner-Hershfield, H., Mikels, J. A., Sullivan, S. J., & Carstensen, L. L. (2008). Poignancy: Mixed emotional experience in the face of meaningful endings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(1) 158-167.
- Stevenson, R. A., Mikels, J. A., & James, T. W. (2007). Characterization of affective norms for English words by discrete emotional categories. Behavior Research Methods, 39(4), 1020-1024 .
- Carstensen, L. L., Mikels, J. A., & Mather, M. (2006). Aging and the intersection of cognition, motivation and emotion. In J. Birren & K.W. Schaie (Eds) Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, San Diego: Academic Press. Sixth Edition. (pp. 343-362).
- Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., & Mikels, J. A. (2006). The aging brain: Implications of enduring plasticity for behavioral and cultural change. In P.B. Baltes, P.A. Reuter-Lorenz, & F. Roesler (Eds.), Lifespan Development and the Brain: The Perspective of Biocultural Co-Constructivism, New York: Cambridge University Press. (pp. 255-276).
- Britton, J. C., Taylor, S. F., Berridge, K. C., Mikels, J. A., & Liberzon, I. (2006). Differential subjective and psychophysiological responses to socially and nonsocially generated emotional stimuli. Emotion, 6(1), 150-155 .
- Carstensen, L. L. & Mikels, J. A. (2005). At the intersection of emotion and cognition: Aging and the positivity effect. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14(3), 117-121 .
- Mikels, J. A., Larkin, G. R., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., & Carstensen, L. L. (2005). Divergent trajectories in the aging mind: Changes in working memory for affective versus visual information with age. Psychology and Aging, 20(4), 542-553.
- Mikels, J. A., Fredrickson, B. L., Larkin, G. R., Lindberg, C. M., Maglio, S. J., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2005). Emotional category data on images from the International Affective Picture System. Behavior Research Methods, 37(4), 626-630.
- Keller, M., Fredrickson, B., Ybarra, O., Côté, S., Johnson, K., Mikels, J., Conway, A. & Wager, T. (2005). A warm heart and a clear head: The contingent effects of weather on mood and cognition. Psychological Science, 16(9), 724-731.
- Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. & Mikels, J. A. (2005). A split-brain model of Alzheimer's disease: Behavioral evidence for comparable intra and inter hemispheric decline. Neuropsychologia, 43(9), 1307-1317.
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recent courses taught
Instructor, Human Development 261, The Development of Social
Behavior, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Fall
Instructor, Human Development 418, Contemporary Issues in Aging, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Spring 2007.
current professional activities
- Program Committee, Association for Psychological Science
- American Psychological Society, Member
- Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Member
- Gerontological Society of America, Member
- International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Member
- Psychonomic Society, Associate Member
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Member
- Ad-hoc reviewer for: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, Cognition and Emotion, Psychology and Aging, Cortex, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, Motivation and Emotion
- Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, Psychology, 2003-2006
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, Cognition and Perception & Social Psychology, 2003
- M.S., University of Michigan, Cognition and Perception, 2000
- B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, Psychology and German, Summa cum laude, 1998