Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Education, National Taiwan Normal University (2003)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida (2017)
  • Master of Education, University of Missouri Columbia (2009)
  • Master of Education, National Taiwan Normal University (2009)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Hsiao-Wen investigates ways that individuals maintain self-continuity and foster personal growth as they age, particularly in the face of life transitions and difficulties. Her research aims to better understand the sociocultural, cognitive, and affective mechanisms that underlie positive adult development. This work lays a foundation for evidence-based interventions that promote aging well. She considers that integrating one’s past, present, and future self is fundamental to the continuity and growth necessary for adult well-being. Her work thus focuses on mental time travel: thinking about one’s personal past and future. She pursues three lines of research: (1) autobiographical memory as a resource for continued self-development, (2) future time perspective in relation to goal pursuit, and (3) sociocultural contexts that shape the self.

All Publications

  • Future Time Perspective Time Horizons and Beyond GEROPSYCH-THE JOURNAL OF GERONTOPSYCHOLOGY AND GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Liao, H., Carstensen, L. L. 2018; 31 (3): 163–67
  • Future Time Perspective Moderates Consumer Responses to Nostalgic Advertising GEROPSYCH-THE JOURNAL OF GERONTOPSYCHOLOGY AND GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Ju, I., Bluck, S., Liao, H. 2018; 31 (3): 137–50
  • Counting down while time flies: implications of age-related time acceleration for goal pursuit across adulthood. Current opinion in psychology Giasson, H. L., Liao, H., Carstensen, L. L. 2018; 26: 85–89


    Socioemotional selectivity theory (SST) is a life-span theory of motivation grounded in the subjective awareness of human mortality. The cardinal postulate is that time horizons shape the relative priority placed on emotionally meaningful and knowledge-seeking goals. Because goals are always set in temporal contexts, and time left in life is inversely related to chronological age, SST predicts systematic age differences in goal pursuit. The theory has garnered considerable empirical support. In this paper, we consider the role of age-related time acceleration on goal setting and argue that it may interact with the more gradual age-related changes in time horizons presumed in SST. If so, the favoring of emotionally meaningful goals may follow an exponential (as opposed to linear) function across adulthood.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.07.001

    View details for PubMedID 30048830

  • Creating Nostalgic Advertising Based on the Reminiscence Bump: Diachronic Relevance and Purchase Intent APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Ju, I., Choi, Y., Morris, J., Liao, H., Bluck, S. 2016; 30 (3): 465–71

    View details for DOI 10.1002/acp.3210

    View details for Web of Science ID 000380275500017

  • Functions of autobiographical memory in Taiwanese and American emerging adults MEMORY Liao, H., Bluck, S., Alea, N., Cheng, C. 2016; 24 (4): 423–36


    The study addresses cultural and person-level factors contributing to emerging adult's use of memory to serve adaptive functions. The focus is on three functions: self-continuity, social-bonding and directing-behaviour. Taiwanese (N = 85, 52 women) and American (N = 95, 51 women) emerging adults completed the Thinking about Life Experiences scale, and measures of trait personality, self-concept clarity and future time perspective. Findings show that individuals from both cultures use memory to serve these three functions, but Taiwanese individuals use memory more frequently than Americans to maintain self-continuity. Culture also interacted with person-level factors: in Taiwan, but not America, memory is more frequently used to create self-continuity in individuals high in conscientiousness. Across cultures, having lower self-concept clarity was related to greater use of memory to create self-continuity. Findings are discussed in terms of how memory serves functions in context and specific aspects of the Taiwanese and American cultural context that may predict the functional use of memory in emerging adulthood.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/09658211.2015.1015572

    View details for Web of Science ID 000371894500001

    View details for PubMedID 25738659

  • Young Women in Today's Taiwan: Relation of Identity Status and Redemptive Narration to Psychological Well-Being SEX ROLES Liao, H., Bluck, S., Cheng, C. 2015; 73 (5-6): 258–72