Affective Aging on Different Time-Scales

  • Marko KatanaEmail author
  • Patrick L. Hill
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 26)


The study of affective aging provides unique insights into how personality influences healthy aging, as well as the assessment challenges associated with capturing personality states, traits, and processes. This chapter will give an overview about the current literature on affective aging. First, age differences and long-term change of affect will be presented and put into relation to well-established theoretical frameworks about aging. Second, the chapter will summarize current and state-of-the-art technologies of assessing state affect in everyday life, and how they serve as an extension to traditional measurements of trait affect. Third, example of correlates of state affect in the current aging literature are illustrated with regard to the impact of personality. Future avenues of affective aging research will be discussed by accounting for daily context and structure.


Affect Emotion Lifespan development Healthy aging Emotional wellbeing 



Work on the manuscript was supported by a grant from the Jacobs Foundation to the first author. During the work on his dissertation, Marko Katana was a pre-doctoral fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE,; participating institutions: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of Zurich). Thank you to Christina Röcke for her feedback on earlier versions of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”University of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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