Position: 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., Peng, Y., Ma, X., & Dong, X. (Forthcoming). Conscientious Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Chinese Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
Chen, Y., Peng, Y., & Fang, P. (Forthcoming). Emotional Intelligence Mediates the Relationship Between Age and Subjective Well-Being among Chinese Workers. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.
Kirk, R., & Chen, Y. (Forthcoming). Aging and ageism: The Roles of Identity Processing Styles and Self-Consciousness. In Stereotypes and stereotyping: Misperceptions, perspectives and role of social media. Nova Science Publishers.
Ma, X., & Chen, Y. (2015). Age Differences in Trade-Off Decisions: Different Strategies but Similar Outcomes. Canadian Journal on Aging, 34, 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0714980815000033
Chen, Y., Wang, J., Kirk, R. M., Pethtel, O., & Kiefner, A. E. (2014). Age Differences in Adaptive Decision Making: The Role of Numeracy. Educational Gerontology, 40, 825-833.
Pethtel, O., & Chen, Y. (2014). Life regrets and life satisfaction in mature adults. The Journal of Happiness and Well-Being, 2, 63-74.
Ye, M. & Chen, Y. (2014). The Influence of Domestic Living Arrangement and Neighborhood Identity on Mental Health among Urban Chinese Elders. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 40-50.
Horhota, M., Mienaltowski, A., & Chen, Y. (2014). Causal attributions across the adult lifespan. In P. Verhaeghen & C. Hertzog (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem Solving during Adulthood. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
Pethtel, O., & Chen, Y. (2013). Age Differences in Choice Deferrals as Functions of Interattribute Conflict and Decision Domain. Educational Gerontology, 39, 772-782.
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.