The psychology of aging is important to many features of daily life, from workplace and the family, to public policy matters. It is complex, and new questions are continually raised about how behavior changes with age.
Providing perspectives on the behavioral science of aging for diverse disciplines, the handbook explains how the role of behavior is organized and how it changes over time. Along with parallel advances in research methodology, it explicates in great detail patterns and sub-patterns of behavior over the lifespan, and how they are affected by biological, health, and social interactions.
New topics to the eighth edition include preclinical neuropathology, audition and language comprehension in adult aging, cognitive interventions and neural processes, social interrelations, age differences in the connection of mood and cognition, cross-cultural issues, financial decision-making and capacity, technology, gaming, social networking, and more.
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Section I: Concepts, Theory, Methods
Theoretical Perspectives for the Psychology of Aging in a Lifespan Context K. Warner Schaie
Methodological Considerations for the Study of Adult Development and Aging Stuart W. S. MacDonald and Robert S. Stawski
Society and the Individual at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century Toni C. Antonucci, Lisa Berkman, Axel Börsch-Supan, Laura L. Carstensen, Linda P. Fried, Frank F. Furstenberg, Dana Goldman, James S. Jackson, Martin Kohli, S. Jay Olshansky, John Rother, John W. Rowe, and Julie Zissimopoulos
Section II: Bio-Psychosocial Factors in Aging
Sex Hormones and Cognitive Aging Anna C. McCarrey, Melissa H. Kitner-Triolo, and Susan M. Resnick
The aging Mind in Transition: Amyloid Deposition and Progression Toward Alzheimer's Disease Denise C. Park and Michelle E. Farrell
Research on Human Plasticity in Adulthood: A Lifespan Agenda Simone Kühn and Ulman Lindenberger
Cognitive and Physical Aging: Genetic Influences and Gene-Environment Interplay Chandra A. Reynolds and Deborah G. Finkel
Memory: Behavior and Neural Basis Cindy Lustig and Ziyong Lin
Audition and Language Comprehension in Adult aging: Stability in the Fce of Change Arthur Wingfield and Amanda Lash
Exercise, Cognition, and Health Kirk I. Erickson and Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Section III: Behavioral Processes
Personality and Health: Reviewing Recent Research and Setting a Directive for the Future Patrick L. Hill and Brent W. Roberts
Cognitive Training in Later Adulthood Sherry L. Willis and Sylvie Belleville
Executive Functions and Neurocognitive aging Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Sara B. Festini, and Tiffany K. Jantz
Social Interrelations in Aging: The Sample Case of Married Couples Christian A. Hoppmann and Denis Gerstorf
Age Differences in the Connection of Mood and Cognition: Evidence from Studies of Mood Congruent Effects Bob G. Knight, Sarah Rastegar, and Seungyoun Kim
Psychological Vitality in the Oldest Old Jacqui Smith and Lindsay H. Ryan
Section IV: Complex Processes
Cross-Cultural Psychology of Aging Helene H. Fung and Da Jiang
Work, Retirement and Aging Mo Wang and Junqi Shi
Financial Decision-Making and Capacity in Older Adults Daniel C. Marson, Deborah L. Kerr, and Donald G. McLaren
Technology, Gaming, and Social Networking Neil Charness and Walter R. Boot
Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies for Late-Life Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lisa C. Barry and Amy L. Byers
Late-Life Sleep and Sleep Disorders Christina S. McCrae, Megan E. Petrov, Natalie Dautovich, and Kenneth L. Lichstein
Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Dementia and their Caregivers Linda Teri, Glenise McKenzie, and Christina A. Coulter
The Psychology of Death and Dying in Later Life David E. Balk
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.
Sherry L. Willis is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She previously held an appointment as Professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Willis' research has focused on age-related cognitive changes in later adulthood. In particular she is known for her work on behavioral interventions to remediate and enhance cognitive performance in community-dwelling normal elderly. She was a Principal Investigator on the ACTIVE study, a randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of cognitive interventions in the maintenance of everyday functioning in at risk community-dwelling elderly, funded by NIA. She has been the co-director of the Seattle Longitudinal Study. In addition to her cognitive intervention research, Dr. Willis has conducted programmatic research on changes in everyday problem solving competence in the elderly and cognitive predictors of competence. She and colleagues have developed several measures of Everyday Problem Solving. She is the co-author of the textbook Adult Development and Aging, (with K. W. Schaie, now in its 5th edition). She has edited 10+ volumes on various aspects of adult development and cognition and has authored over a hundred publications in adult development. She has served as President of Division 20, Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Sweden. She received a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement and the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the Pennsylvania State University, and the Paul and Margret Baltes award from Divison 20 of the American Psychological Association She currently has funding from NIA (MERIT Award) to examine midlife predictors of cognitive risk in old age and on the reltionship of structural and functional MRI changes and cognitive stability or change in older adults.