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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

Associate Professor of Psychology

Graduate Students

I am accepting new students for Fall 2022.

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

Anthony Villalba

Anthony Villalba, M.A.

5th Year Doctoral Student


Nikolina Kravljaca

2nd Year Doctoral Student

Research Assistants

MacKenzie Kimes

Maggie Owino

Armani Shepherd

Kayla Whitley

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Dr. Britney Webster

Project Coordinator

Kent State University


Dr. Jennifer Turner

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Hawai'i at Hilo




*Denotes current or former student.

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.



Gold winners award with three stars to be awarded to the first place in a competition or c

Anthony Villalba wins highly competitive James McKenney Travel Award!

2021 Awardee


· 10 students selected from an international group of applicants based on aspirations to advance the field of gerontology/geriatrics.

· Funding awarded to attend the 2021 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific and Education Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.



Emotions and Aging Lab

CAS 385

Department of Psychology

University of Akron

Akron, Ohio 44325-4301


Tel 330-972-6564


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