Professor of Psychology 


B.A., M.A., Nanjing University,P.R. China: M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998

Phone: (419) 372-2462

Email: ywchen@bgnet.bgsu.edu

Office: Room 244,Psychology Building

Research Interests:

  • Social cognition and aging
  • Age differences in judgment and decision-making
  • Emotional processes across the adult lifespan
  • Health and wellness across the adult lifespan
  • Cross-cultural differences in psychological well-being

My research focuses on adult development in social cognition. I am especially interested in how judgment and decision making change from young adulthood to old adulthood. Growing literature on this topic shows that young and older adults differ in processing time, strategy selection, decisions, and consequent feelings about the decisions they make.  My recent work examines the cognitive and socio-emotional mechanisms underlying these age differences.

Another line of my research focuses on cross-cultural differences in aging and psychological well-being.  A recent collaboration with faculty at the Psychology Department of Nanjing University, P. R. China, examines cross-cultural differences in Aging, Emotional Intelligence, and Well-Being.  Another ongoing project investigates cross-cultural differences in workplace incivility and job satisfaction.

Selected Publications:

Chen, Y., Lee, Y., Pethtel, O., Gutowitz, M. S., & Kirk, R. M. (2012).  Age differences in goal concordance, time use, and well-being.  Educational Gerontology, 38, 342-352.

Chen, Y., Ma, X., & Pethtel, O. (2011).  Age differences in tradeoff decisions: Older adults prefer choice deferral.  Psychology and Aging, 26, 269-273.

Pethtel, O., & Chen, Y. (2010).  Cross-cultural aging in cognitive and affective components of subjective well-being.  Psychology and Aging, 25, 725-729.

Chen, Y., & Ma, X. (2009).  Age differences in risky decisions:  The role of anticipated emotions.  Educational Gerontology, 35, 575-586.

Blachard-Fields, F., Chen, Y., Horhota, M., & Wang, M. (2007).  Cultural differences in the relationship between aging and the correspondence bias.  The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 62B, P362-P365.

Chen, Y. (2004).  Age differences in the correction of social judgments: Source monitoring and timing of accountability.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 11, 58-67.

Chen, Y. (2002).  Unwanted Beliefs:  Age Differences in Beliefs of False Information.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 9, 217-230.

Chen, Y., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2000).  Unwanted Thought: Age Differences in the Correction of Social Judgments.  Psychology and Aging, 15, 475-482.

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • PSYC 3090. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 3100. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 7340. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging