Joseph Mikels
Prof Asst

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Program Committee, Association for Psychological Science

Gerontological Society of America, Mebmer
Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Mebmer
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Mebmer
International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Mebmer
Society for Neuroscience, Mebmer
Association for Psychological Science, Mebmer
American Psychological Association, Division 20, Mebmer
Psychonomic Society, Associate Member

Ad-hoc Reviewer for: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Psychological Science; Psychology and Aging; Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition; Cognition and Emotion; Cortex; 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., Psychology [2003]
M.S., Psychology [2000]

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

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
Instructor, Human Development 4220, Research in Emotion and Cognition, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Fall 2008

Instructor, Human Development 2610, The Development of Social Behavior, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Fall 2008

Instructor, Human Development 6110, Psychology of Emotion, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Spring 2009

Related Websites

Emotion and Cognition Laboratory

Selected Publications


Cohn, M. A., Fredrickson, B. L., Brown, S. L., Mikels, J. A., & Conway, A. (in press). Happiness unpacked: Positive emotions increase life satisfaction by building resilience. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.