Emotions and the
Aging Brain
A research study aimed to develop better interventions for emotion regulation, depression and memory loss in adults.
Stony Brook, NY
Compensation Provided
With or without
depression or memory loss
2 Year Study
55 - 79 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
We are interested in understanding emotion regulation in people with and without current or past history of depression and/or memory loss, and how this changes later in life among individuals aged 55-79.
This study investigates potential moderators (sex, depression chronicity and severity) and executive function skills in relation to emotion processing skills. The overarching goal of this study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of emotion processing skills, with a primary focus on emotion regulation, among aging individuals to pave the way for the development of an intervention that seeks to optimize emotion regulation in older depressed people as primary therapy target.

The aim is to develop a treatment that can be personalized based upon important predictors of emotion processing skills, specifically biological sex, depression severity and chronicity, and executive functioning skills.

Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This study investigates potential moderators (sex, depression chronicity and severity) and executive function skills in relation to emotion processing skills. The overarching goal of this study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of emotion processing skills, with a primary focus on emotion regulation, among aging individuals to pave the way for the development of an intervention that seeks to optimize emotion regulation in older depressed people as primary therapy target.


The aim is to develop a treatment that can be personalized based upon important predictors of emotion processing skills, specifically biological sex, depression severity and chronicity, and executive functioning skills.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.maca-lab.com/emotion-regulation-in-depression-and-the-aging-brain

Is this study for me?
Adults between 55 and 79 years old with or without depression and/or memory loss are eligible.
How long would I take part in this research?
Participation involves some virtual and some in-person visits, as well as a follow-up visit in two years.
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Participants take part in an interview to gather information about medical and psychiatric history, a physical exam, blood draw, cognitive testing, a functional MRI scan, and questionnaires. Some parts of this study can be performed virtually, and we are enrolling participants at Stony Brook University who are unable to attend in-person visits at this time due to the pandemic.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
In total, you have the opportunity to earn up to $340 for participation in this study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There will be no cost to you to participate in the study.