What does well-being mean to me?
Stacey leads the Center's contribution to the Midlife in the United States Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-Being (the MIDUS Neuroscience Project), as well as a study examining how our cognitive abilities are related to our emotion regulatory abilities. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a study examining how individual differences in emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Stacey’s research questions can generally be summarized as: How do different emotional response styles shape our health and well-being as we age? What does better emotion regulation ability predict in terms of people’s health and well-being, and similarly what individual differences promote better emotion regulation? For example, what is the interaction/overlap between executive control and self-regulatory processes such as emotion regulation?
To answer these questions, she studies the morphometry of and functional activity in emotion regulation-related brain circuitry, psychophysiological measures of emotional responses, and these measures' relations with aging, stress, cognition, coping styles, as well as biological and psychological predictors of well-being.