The goal of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory is to promote good health and well-being throughout adulthood. We hope to learn why some people age better than others. We also want to learn what modifiable factors can help to ease the declines that accompany aging. We include young, middle-aged and older adults in our studies so that we can identify what we can do to prevent or slow the problems of aging, as early as possible in adulthood.
Our research examines multiple aspects of health, including psychological well-being, physical health and cognitive functioning. We use a number of methods including large-scale surveys, laboratory-based experimental studies, and cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. We adopt a multifaceted approach to measurement that includes self-reports, physiological and hormonal assessments, and tests of cognitive and functional health.