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Emotions and Aging Lab

The Stanley Emotions and Aging Lab (SEAL) at the University of Akron aims to advance the understanding of social and emotional development across the lifespan. We use experimental and correlational designs to research age differences in emotional communication, emotion regulation, and social judgments.





Dr. Jennifer Tehan Stanley

Chair of Psychology Department
Professor of Psychology

Graduate Students

I am accepting new students for Fall 2024.

Please see for more information about the program and how to apply.

Anthony Villalba

Anthony Villalba, M.A.

7th Year Doctoral Student


Nikolina Kravljaca

4th Year Doctoral Student


Julia Brooks

2nd Year Doctoral Student

Research Assistants

Alexander Granat

Joseph Kaltenhaler

Steve Bezak

Isabella Beam

Cassidy Kuhar

Claire Riffle

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Dr. Britney Webster

Retail Project Manager

Diebold Nixdorf


Dr. Jennifer Turner

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Hawai'i at Hilo


Meet our team and see some of our adventures!
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Isabel Beam
Isabella Beam
Joseph Kaltenhaler and Alex Granat

Recent Research

See what our director, graduate students, and undergraduate students have been studying!



*Denotes current or former student.

Jennifer Tehan Stanley, JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji,  Sankofa: Learning From the Past to Build the Future—Introduction to the Special Issue on Aging in Sub-Saharan AfricaInnovation in Aging, Volume 8, Issue 4, 2024, igae031,

*Villalba, A. A., Stanley, J. T., *Vale, M. T., *Turner, J. T., & *Houston, M. L. (2023). Age differences in using humor to cope during a pandemic. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 36(1), 51–74.

Stanley, J. T., & *Villalba, A. A. (2023, July). Age and emotion. In H. S. Friedman and C. Markey (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health (3rd ed.). Elsevier. 323-91497-0.00062-X

Stanley, J. T., & *Turner, J. R. (2021). Cross-cultural perspectives on humor appreciation and function across the lifespan. In E. Vanderheiden & C-H. Mayer (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Humor and Culture.


*Turner, J. R., & Stanley, J. T. (2021). Holding on to pieces of the past: Daily reports of nostalgia in a lifespan sample. Emotion. Advance online publication.


Allard, E. S., Stanley, J. T., *Turner, J. R., & *Harrington, A. K. (2021). Age similarities in matching pro- and contra-hedonic emotional strategies to everyday scenarios. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 28(2), 161-183.


*Villalba, A. A., Stanley, J. T., *Turner, J. R., *Vale, M. T., & *Houston, M. L. (2020). Age differences in preferences for fear-enhancing versus fear-reducing news in a global pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 3661.


*Vale, M. T., Stanley, J. T., *Houston, M. L., *Villalba, A. A., & *Turner, J. R. (2020). Ageism and behavior change during a health pandemic: A preregistered study. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 3156.


Hoemann, K., Vicaria, I. M., Gendron, M., & Stanley J. T. (2020). Introducing a face sort paradigm to evaluate age differences in emotion perception. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Advance online publication.


Thompson, E., *Webster, B. A., Stanley, J. T., & Levant, R. (2020). Measurement invariance by age group for the Aging Men’s Masculinity Ideologies Inventory. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 28(3), 301-317.  


Levant, R., *Webster, B. A., Stanley, J. T., & Thompson, E. (2020). The Aging Men’s Masculinity Ideologies Inventory (AMMII): Dimensionality, variance composition, measurement invariance by gender, and validity. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 21(1), 46–57.


*Turner, J. R., & Stanley, J. T. (2020). “We” before “me”: Differences in usage of collectivistic and individualistic language influence judgments of electability and performance. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 75(9), e242-248.


Stanley, J. T., & *Webster, B. A. (2019). A comparison of the effectiveness of two types of deceit detection training methods in older adults. Cognitive Research: Principles & Implications, 4:26.


Stanley, J. T., Morrison, L. B., *Webster, B. A., *Turner, J. R., & *Richards, C. J. (2019). An age-friendly university (AFU) assists with technology learning and social engagement among older adults and individuals with developmental disabilities. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 40(2), 261–275.


Ferrer, R. A., Stanley, J. T., Graff, K., Klein, W. P., Goodman, N., Nelson, W., & Salazar, S. (2016). The effect of emotion on visual attention to information and decision making in the context of informed consent process for clinical trials. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 29(2-3), 245–253.


Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2015). Caring more and knowing more reduces age-related differences in emotion perception. Psychology and Aging, 30(2), 383–395.


Diefendorff, J. M., Stanley, J. T., & Gabriel, A. (2015). Aging and emotional labor processes: An interaction-based model. Chapter in L. Finkelstein, D. Truxillo, F. Fraccaroli, & R. Kanfer (Eds.), SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series, Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce: A Use-Inspired Approach (pp. 180–205). Routledge.


Zhang, X., Fung, H. H., Stanley, J. T., Isaacowitz, D. M., & Zhang, Q. (2014). Thinking more holistically as we grow older? Results from different tasks in two cultures. Culture and Brain, 2(2), 109–121. https://10.1007/s40167-014-0018-4


Stanley, J. T., Lohani, M., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Age-related differences in judgments of inappropriate behavior are related to humor style preferences. Psychology and Aging, 29(3), 528–541.

Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Putting emotional aging in context: Contextual influences on age-related changes in emotion regulation and recognition. Chapter in P. Verhaeghen and C. Hertzog (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem-Solving During Adulthood (pp. 99–114). Oxford University Press.


Zhang, X., Fung, H. H., Stanley, J. T., Isaacowitz, D. M., & Ho, M. Y. (2013). Perspective taking in older age revisited: A motivational perspective. Developmental Psychology, 49(10), 1848–1858.


Stanley, J. T., Zhang, X., Fung, H. H., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2013). Cultural differences in gaze and emotion recognition: Americans contrast more than Chinese. Emotion, 13(1), 36–46.


Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2012). Socioemotional perspectives on adult development. In S. K. Whitbourne and M. Sliwinski (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Adulthood and Aging (pp. 236–253). Wiley-Blackwell.


Isaacowitz, D. M., & Stanley, J. T. (2011). Bringing an ecological perspective to the study of aging and emotion recognition: Past, current, and future methods. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 35(4), 261–278. https://doi:10.1007/s10919-011-0113-6


Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2011). Age-related differences in profiles of mood-change trajectories. Developmental Psychology, 47(2), 318–330. https://doi:10.1037/a0021023


Stanley, J. T., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2011). Beliefs about behavior account for age differences in the correspondence bias. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66(2), 169–176.


Stanley, J. T., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2008). Challenges older adults face in detecting deceit: The role of emotion recognition. Psychology and Aging, 23(1), 24–32.


Blanchard-Fields, F., & Stanley, J. T. (2007). Aging at work: Managing real and perceived changes in aging workers. In S. W. Gilliland, D. D. Steiner, and D. P. Skarlicki (Eds.), Managing Social and Ethical Issues in Organizations (Vol. 5, pp. 83–108). Information Age Publishing, Inc.




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Emotions and Aging Lab

College of Arts and Sciences
Room 385
Department of Psychology
University of Akron
Akron, Ohio, 44325-4301

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