The Life-Span Development Laboratory at Northwestern University examines pathways towards happy and healthy development across the life span with a focus on emotions in individuals and couples. Our research combines insights and paradigms from life-span developmental, affective, and relationship science. We use multiple methods (autonomic physiology, behavioral observations, subjective emotional experience ratings, linguistic markers), age-diverse samples (from adolescence to late life), diverse study designs (experimental and longitudinal), and single-subjects and dyadic approaches (studying couples, parents and children, and friends). Our research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Retirement Research Foundation, and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Our findings have garnered attention from national and international media (e.g., New York Times). You can find an overview of our publications here, our current research projects here, and our research team here. You can contact us at

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