In Press

Mikels, J. A., Young, N. A., Liu, X., & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (in press). Getting to the heart of the matter in later life: The central role of affect in health message framing. The Gerontologist.

Minton, A. R., Young, N. A., Nievera, M. A., & Mikels, J. A. (in press). Positivity helps the medicine go down: Leveraging framing and affective contexts to enhance the likelihood to take medications. Emotion.

Liu, X., Mikels, J. A., & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (in press). The psycholinguistic and affective processing of framed health messages among younger and older adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.


Young, N. A., Minton, A. R., & Mikels, J. A. (2021). The appraisal approach to aging and emotion: An integrative theoretical framework. Developmental Review, 59.

Young, N. A., Waugh, C. W., Minton, A. R., Charles, S. T., Haase, C. M., & Mikels, J. A. (2021). Reactive, Agentic, Apathetic, or Challenged? Aging, Emotion, and Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Gerontologist, 61(2), 217-228. doi:10.1093/geront/gnaa196

Frank C. C., Iordan, A. D., Ballouz, T. L., Mikels, J. A., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (in press). Affective forecasting: A selective relationship with working memory for emotion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150(1), 67–82.


Mikels, J. A., & Stuhlmacher, A. F. (2020). This time with feeling: Aging, emotion, motivation, and decision making at work. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 13, 395-398. doi:10.1017/iop.2020.65

Young, N. A., & Mikels, J. A. (2020). Paths to positivity: The relationship of age differences in appraisals of control to emotional experience. Cognition and Emotion, 34(5), 1010-1019.


Mikels, J. A., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2019). Affective working memory: An integrative psychological construct. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(4), 543–559.

Liu, X., Shuster, M. M., Mikels, J. A., & Stine-Morrow, E. A. (2019). Doing what makes you happy: Health message framing for younger and older adults. Experimental Aging Research, 45(4), 293-305.

Steltenpohl, C. N., Shuster, M. M., Peist, E., Pham, A., & Mikels, J. A. (2019). Me-time, or we-time?: Age differences in motivation for exercise. Gerontologist, 0059(4), 709–717. doi:10.1093/geront/gny038

Young, N. A., Shuster, M. M., & Mikels, J. A. (2019). The sure thing: The role of integral affect in risky choice framing. Emotion, 19(6), 1035–1043.


Mikels, J. A., & Young, N. A. (2018). New directions in theories of emotion and aging. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.339


Shuster, M. M., Mikels, J. A., & Camras, L. A. (2017). Adult age differences in the interpretation of surprised facial expressions. Emotion, 17(2), 191-195. doi:10.1037/pag0000040


Mikels, J. A., Shuster, M. M., Thai, S. T., Smith-Ray, R., Waugh, C. E., Roth, K., Keilly, A., & Stine-Morrow, E. L. (2016). Messages that matter: Age differences in affective responses to framed health messages. Psychology And Aging, 31(4), 409-414. doi:10.1037/pag0000040

Mikels, J. A., & Shuster, M. M. (2016). The interpretative lenses of older adults are not rose-colored—just less dark: Aging and the interpretation of ambiguous scenarios. Emotion, 16(1), 94-100. doi:10.1037/emo0000104


Mikels, J. A., Shuster, M. M., & Thai, S. T. (2015). Aging, emotion, & decision making. In T. M. Hess, J. Strough, & C. E. Loeckenhoff (Eds.), Aging and Decision Making: Empirical and Applied Perspectives (pp. 169-188). San Diego, CA, US: Elsevier Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-417148-0.00009-1


Mikels, J. A., Reed, A. E., Hardy, L. N., & Loeckenhoff, C. E. (2014). Positive emotions across the adult life span. In M. M. Tugade, M. N. Shiota, & L. D. Kirby (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Emotions (pp. 256-272). New York: Guilford Press.

Reed, A. E., Chan, L., & Mikels, J. A. (2014). Meta-analysis of the age-related positivity effect: Age differences in preferences for positive over negative information. Psychology and Aging, 29(1), 1-15.  doi: 10.1037/a0035194

Stark, D. P., Choplin, J. M., Mikels, J. A., & McDonnell, A. S. (2014). Complex decision-making and cognitive aging call for enhanced protection of seniors contemplating reverse mortgages. Arizona State Law Journal, 46(1), 300-364.


Mikels, J. A., Cheung, E., Cone, J., & Gilovich, T. (2013). The dark side of intuition: Aging and increases in nonoptimal intuitive decisions. Emotion, 13(2), 189-195. doi:10.1037/a0030441

Gruber, J., Purcell, A. L., Perna, M. J., & Mikels, J. A. (2013). Letting go of the bad: Deficit in maintaining negative, but not positive, emotion in bipolar disorder. Emotion, 13(1), 168-175. doi:10.1037/a0029381

Reed, A. E., Mikels, J. A., & Löckenhoff, C. E. (2013). Preferences for choice across adulthood: Age trajectories and potential mechanisms. Psychology and Aging, 28(3), 625-632. doi:10.1037/a0031399

Mikels, J. A., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2013).  Emotion and working memory.  In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind.

Choplin, J. M., Stark, D. P., & Mikels, J. A. (2013). Cognitive barriers to rational home loan decision making: Implications for mortgage counseling. In A. Di Fabio (Ed.), Psychology of Counseling (pp. 299-331). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Biomedical Books.


Reed, A. E., Mikels, J. A., & Loeckenhoff, C. E. (2012). Choosing with confidence: Self-efficacy and preferences for choice. Judgment and Decision Making, 7(2), 173-180.

Broome, R., Gard, D. E., & Mikels, J. A. (2012). Test-retest reliability of an emotion maintenance task. Cognition & Emotion, 26(4), 737-747. doi:10.1080/02699931.2011.613916


Mikels, J. A., Maglio, S. J., Reed, A. E., & Kaplowitz, L. J. (2011). Should I go with my gut? Investigating the benefits of emotion-focused decision making. Emotion, 11(4), 743-753. doi: 10.1037/a0023986

Cheung, E. O. & Mikels, J. A. (2011). I’m feeling lucky: The relationship between affect and risk-seeking in the framing effect. Emotion, 11(4), 852-859. doi: 10.1037/a0022854

Gard, D. E., Cooper, S., Fisher, M., Genevsky, A., Mikels, J. A., & Vinogradov, S. (2011). Evidence for an emotion maintenance deficit in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 187, 24-29. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2010.12.018


Mikels, J. A., Loeckenhoff, C. E., Maglio, S. J., Goldstein, M. K., Garber, A., & Carstensen, L. L. (2010). 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, 16(1), 87-95. doi: 10.1037/a0018500

Shamaskin, A. M., Mikels, J. A., & Reed, A. E. (2010). Getting the message across: Age differences in the positive and negative framing of healthcare messages. Psychology and Aging, 25(3), 746-751. doi: 10.1037/a0018431

Sullivan, S., Mikels, J. A., & Carstensen, L. L. (2010). You never lose the ages you’ve been: Affective perspective taking in older adults. Psychology and Aging 25(1), 229-234. doi: 10.1037/a0018383; 10.1037/a0018383.supp


Mikels, J. A., & Reed, A. E. (2009). Monetary losses do not loom large in later life: Age differences in the framing effect. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(4), 457-460. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp043

Mikels, J. A., Reed, A. E., & Simon, K. I. (2009). Older adults place lower value on choice relative to young adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(4), 443-446. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp021

Samanez-Larkin, G. R., Robertson, E. R., Mikels, J. A., Carstensen, L. L., Gotlib, I. H. (2009). Selective attention to emotion in the aging brain. Psychology and Aging, 24(3), 519-529. doi: 10.1037/a0016952

Cohn, M. A., Fredrickson, B. L., Brown, S. L., Mikels, J. A., & Conway, A. (2009). Happiness unpacked: Positive emotions increase life satisfaction by building resilience. Emotion, 9(3), 361-368. doi: 10.1037/a0015952


Mikels, J. A., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., Beyer, J. A., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2008). Emotion and working memory: Evidence for domain-specific processes for affective maintenance. Emotion, 8(2), 256-266. doi: 10.1037/1528-3542.8.2.256

Reed, A. E., Mikels, J. A., & Simon, K. I. (2008). Older adults prefer less choice than younger adults. Psychology and Aging, 23(3), 671-675. doi: 10.1037/a0012772

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. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.94.1.158


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. doi: 10.3758/BF03192999


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). doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.22.1.134

Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., & Mikels, J. A. (2006). The aging mind and 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. doi: 10.1037/1528-3542.6.1.150


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. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.20.4.542

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. doi: 10.1111/j.0963-7214.2005.00348.x

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. doi: 10.3758/BF03192732

DATA FILE FROM: 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. doi: 10.3758/BF03192732

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. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2005.01602.x

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. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2004.12.007

2004 and prior

Mikels, J. A. & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2004). Neural gate keeping: The role of interhemispheric interactions in resource allocation and selective filtering. Neuropsychology, 18(2), 328-339. doi: 10.1037/0894-4105.18.2.328

Yoon, C., Feinberg, F., Luo, T., Hedden, T., Gutchess, A. H., Chen, H. M., Mikels, J. A., Jiao, S., & Park, D. C. (2004). A cross-culturally standardized set of pictures for younger and older adults: American and Chinese norms for name agreement, concept agreement, and familiarity. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 36(4), 639-649. doi: 10.3758/BF03206545

Park, D. C., Welsh, R. C., Marshuetz, C., Gutchess, A. H., Mikels, J., Polk, T. A., Noll, D. C., & Taylor, S. F. (2003). Working memory for complex scenes: Age differences in frontal and hippocampal activations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(8), 1122-1134. doi: 10.1162/089892903322598094

Park, D. C., Polk, T., Mikels, J. A., Taylor, S., & Marshuetz, C. (2001). Cerebral aging: The integration of behavioral and neurobiological models of cognitive function. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 3, 151-165.

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