The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 reviews key methodological and analytical issues in aging research. It examines some of the major historical influences that might provide explanatory mechanisms for a better understanding of cohort and period differences in psychological aging processes. Part 2 includes chapters that discuss the basics and nuances of executive function; the history of the morphometric research on normal brain aging; and the neural changes that occur in the brain with aging. Part 3 deals with the social and health aspects of aging. It covers the beliefs that individuals have about how much they can control various outcomes in their life; the impact of stress on health and aging; and the interrelationships between health disparities, social class, and aging. Part 4 discusses the emotional aspects of aging; family caregiving; and mental disorders and legal capacities in older adults.
- Contains all the main areas of psychological gerontological research in one volume- Entire section on neuroscience and aging- Begins with a section on theory and methods- Edited by one of the father of gerontology (Schaie) and contributors represent top scholars in gerontology
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Part I: Concepts, Theory, and Methods in the Psychology of Aging
1. Concepts and theory in the psychology of aging Roger Dixon, University of Alberta
2. Methodology, attrition, meta-analysis and data imputation Emilio Ferrer, University of California at Davis
3. Historical influences on aging and behavior K. Warner Schaie, University of Washington
Part II. Neuroscience, cognition and aging
4. Executive function and cognitive aging Mary Lucscz, Flinders University
5. Structural imaging and cognitive aging Karen Rodrigue and Kristen Kennedy, U of Texas at Dallas6. Cognitive aging and neurogenetics William Kremen, UCSD and Michael Lyons, Boston University
7. Neuroplasticity of cognitive function with age Denise Park, University of Texas at Dallas
8. Memory: Normal and pathological changes with age Lars Nyberg, University of Umea and Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institutet
9. Complex decision making Ellen Peters, Decision Research and University of Oregon
10. Cognitive interventions Elizabeth Stein-Morrow, University of Illinois
Part III: Social and Health Factors that Impact Aging11. Control, health and aging Margie Lachman, Bradndeis University
12. Stress and aging David Almeida, Pennsylvania State University
13. Health disparities, social class and aging Keith Whitfield. Duke University
14 . Adult Inter-generational relations Karen Fingerman, Purdue University
15. Wisdom, aging and wellbeing Monika Ardelt, University of Florida.16. Age stereotypes and aging Mary Lee Hummert, University of Kansas
17, Communications, elderspeak, and aging Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara
18. Work and aging Ursula Staudinger, Jacobs University, Bremen
19. Emotion and aging Susan T. Charles
20. Psychopathology, grief and aging, Susan Whitbourne, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
21. Psychological assessment of emotional distress, personality disorders, personality and aging Barry Edelstein, West Virginia University, and Dan Segal, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
22. Neuropsychological assessment of the dementias of late life Jennifer Manly, Columbia University, Stephanie Consentino and Adam Brickman23. Caregiving and the older caregiver Bob Knight, Universitty of Southern California
24. Legal competency assessment and geroforensic psychology Jenifer Moye, Harvard Medical School
K. Warner Schaie holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Hw is also the Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Washington, an honorary Dr. phil. from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, and an honorary Sc.D. degree from West Virginia University. He received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions and the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the MENSA lifetime career award, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the American Psychological Association. He is a past president of the APA Division of Adult Development and Aging and currently represents that Division on the APA Council of Representatives. He is author or editor of more than 60 books including the textbook Adult Development and Aging (5th edition, with S. L. Willis) and of all previous editions of the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (with J. E. Birren or S. L. Willis). He has directed the Seattle Longitudinal Study of cognitive aging since 1956 and is the author of more than 300 journal articles and chapters on the psychology of aging. His current research interest is in the life course of adult intelligence, its antecedents and modifiability, the impact of cognitive behavior in midlife upon the integrity of brain structures in old age, the early detection of risk for dementia, as well as methodological issues in the developmental sciences.
Willis, Sherry L.