Joseph Mikels
Prof Asst

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Program Committee, Association for Psychological Science

American Psychological Society, Member
Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Member
Gerontological Society of America, Member
International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Member
Psychonomic Society, Associate Member
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Member

Ad-hoc reviewer for: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, Cognition and Emotion, Psychology and Aging, Cortex, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, Motivation and Emotion

Current Research Activities
Dr. Mikels’ research program represents a multi-level analysis of the interface between emotion and cognition, and how emotion-cognition interactions relate to and underlie complex social behavior. His laboratory, the Emotion and Cognition Laboratory, conducts behavioral, neuroimaging, and life-span studies examining how emotion interfaces with cognitive processes such as working memory and selective attention. In another line of research, the lab studies the role of emotion-cognition interactions in complex decision making, and how the decision quality of older adults could be improved.


Stanford University
Postdoctoral fellow, Psychology [2003-2006]

University of Michigan
Ph.D., Cognition and Perception & Social Psychology [2003]
M.S., Cognition and Perception [2000]

Illinois Wesleyan University
B.A., Psychology and German [1998], Summa cum laude

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
Instructor, Human Development 261, The Development of Social Behavior, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Fall 2006.

Instructor, Human Development 418, Contemporary Issues in Aging, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Spring 2007.

Related Websites

Emotion and Cognition Lab


Mikels, J. A., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., Beyer, J. A., & Fredrickson, B. L.  (in press).  Emotion and working memory: Evidence for domain-specific processes for affective maintenance. Emotion.


Mikels, J. A. & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (in press).  Affective working memory: Converging evidence for a new construct.  In S. Yoshikawa (Ed.), Emotional Mind: New Directions in Affective Science.


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.


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.


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).


Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., & Mikels, J. A. (2006). The aging 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.