Emotions, Thoughts and Health

Emotions, Thoughts and Health: What All Aging Bodies Should Know. Our brains change as we age, and how we think and feel changes too. Could it be that paying attention to our daily lives and our aging brains might slow our cellular aging? Or that certain emotional interactions can predict relationship happiness decades later? In these programs from UCSF's Osher Mini Medical School, researchers and experts share the latest science on the intersection between cognition, emotion, health and aging. It's an exciting new frontier and you - and your brain - won't want to miss it! (from

Emotion and Aging: Exploding the Misery Myth. Laura L. Carstensen, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, says that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome as we age is a phenomenon called the "misery myth." She argues that we need to overcome this tendency to imagine old age as bleak and dreaded.

1. Emotion and Aging: Exploding the Misery Myth

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1. Emotion and Aging: Exploding the Misery Myth
2. Exploring the Crossroads of Attention and Memory in the Aging Brain: Views from the Inside
3. Emotions, Stress, and Rate of Telomere Shortening: Are Our Cells Listening to Us?
4. The Aging but Resilient Brain: Keeping Neurons Happy
5. How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths
6. Emotions, Decisions and Behavior across the Lifespan: Surprises from Social Psychology