Growing Old or Living Long: Take Your Pick


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“My students, colleagues, and I had been studying age-related changes in motivation for several years. We began to wonder whether changes in motivation would affect performance on cognitive tasks, and we set out to explore what we call socioemotional selectivity theory (SST), a life-span theory of motivation.” This article is adapted from the annual Henry and Bryna David Lecture, which was delivered at the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

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subject terms

Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental

Aging & Longevity > Positive Aging


Laura Carstensen

related organizations

Arizona State University

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Articles and Blog Posts




Aging, Motivation, Psychology, Science