Laura Carstensen

Psychologist
Laura Carstensen is the director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and has extensively studied the effects on wellbeing of extended lifetimes.

Why you should listen

Dr. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores innovative ways to solve the problems of people over 50 and improve the well-being of people of all ages. She is best known in academia for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. She is also the author of A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security—an updated edition will be released in 2011.

Laura Carstensen’s TED talks

Quotes from Laura Carstensen

If we … capitalize on the very real strengths of older people, then added years of life can dramatically improve quality of life at all ages.
Laura Carstensen
TEDxWomen 2011 • 876K views Apr 2012
Informative, Inspiring
When we recognize that we don't have all the time in the world, we see our priorities most clearly.
Laura Carstensen
TEDxWomen 2011 • 876K views Apr 2012
Informative, Inspiring
Older people seem to engage with sadness more comfortably; they're more accepting of sadness than younger people are.
Laura Carstensen
TEDxWomen 2011 • 876K views Apr 2012
Informative, Inspiring