Center for Family and Demographic Research
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998
Professor Chen’s research focuses on adult age differences in social judgment and decision-making. Specifically, I am interested in how people of different age groups differ in making judgments about other people (e.g., impression formation and causal attribution) and decisions about important choices in their lives (e.g., financial decisions and retirement investment). Instead of simply documenting age differences, I also attempt to address the underlying cognitive and social emotional influences that contribute to these age differences.
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.
Lee, B. D., Chen, Y., & Hewitt, L. (2011). Age differences in constraints encountered by seniors in their use of computers and the internet. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1231-1237.
Chen, Y., Pethtel, O., & Ma, X. (2010). Counteracting age stereotypes: A self-awareness manipulation. Educational Psychology, 36, 702-717.
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.
Davis, G., & Chen, Y. (2008). Age differences in demographic predictors of retirement investment decisions. Educational Gerontology, 34, 225-246.
Blanchard-Fields, F., Chen, Y., Horhota, M., & Wang, M. (2007). Cultural differences in the relationship between aging and the correspondence bias. Psychology and Aging, 62B, P362-P365.
Wang, M., & Chen, Y. (2006). Age differences in attitude change: Influences of cognitive resources and motivation on responses to argument quantity. Psychology and Aging, 21, 581-589.
Chen, Y., Tisak, M., Tisak, J., & Goldstein, S. (2006). Cross-cultural comparisons of perceptions and evaluations of adolescent misconduct: Parents’ versus adolescent children’s perspectives. Perspective, 7, 47-58.