The Alan E. Kazdin Endowed Lecture in Psychology

Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D.

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 Past Speakers

This annual lecture is supported by an endowment from Alan E. Kazdin, PhD in grateful acknowledgement of the impact that the faculty in Psychology has had on his career and no doubt on the careers of many others.  Kazdin is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and an alumnus of the SJSU Psychology Department (1967).

Each year we invite a distinguished and influential speaker to
inspire a new generation of psychologists and shape the future
of our field and our society.

2018 Lecture
Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D.

"Exploding the Misery Myth"  


October 9, 2018
Student Union Ballroom A and B
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE 


Among the most surprising findings in social science is
that emotional well-being improves with age. I will discuss
the empirical evidence and offer a theoretical framework
that accounts for improvements in emotional experience
and regulation as we age. The perception of time is key:
Recognition of mortality and steady constraints on
time horizons change motivation in fundamental ways.
Preferences change. Cognitive resources are directed
toward positive information. Priority is placed on emotional
meaning. Together, these changes benefit mental health.

Kazdin Lecture flyer (pdf)