Life-Management

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Altruism across adulthood

Stereotypically, aging is associated with an increase in prosociality. To date, psychological research on this topic has generally supported this association, though previous studies have primarily employed designs that use monetary donations as outcomes. As older adults are likely to have greater monetary resources compared to younger adults, use of monetary donations in experiments introduces a confound as the relative cost of donating is comparatively reduced in older adults. This project aims to broaden the scope of this research area by investigating age differences in prosocial behavior in non-monetary domains.

Project status: ongoing
Contact: Dr. Ryan Best and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Freund

 

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Aging and motivation towards loss: Avoidance or minimization?

This project investigates age differences in the appraisal of parameters in decisions involving potential gains and losses, namely the probability and magnitude of the outcomes. Through the lens of the goal orientation approach, this line of research investigates the motivational shift in focus across adulthood from gains towards losses, and how this shift manifests itself through choices between options that minimize losses with greater certainty or attempt to avoid losses at a greater risk.

Project status: ongoing
Contact: Dr. Ryan Best and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Freund

 

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Psychological indicators of exhaustion and recovery across adulthood

This project examines the role of mood, opportunity costs, and subjective time perception for feelings of exhaustion and recovery, and how these relationships may change across adulthood. The project employs a multi-method approach, combining lab-based micro-longitudinal experiments and field-based experience sampling studies to examine the relationships of interest at different levels of functioning. The project is mainly concerned with analyzing interindividual variability in intraindividual change over time.

Project status: ongoing
Contact: Brian Cardini and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Freund