Communication, Technology and Aging: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future

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Overview

In this volume, acknowledged experts present state of the art reviews and empirical data on how aging affects personal communication, and how technology can contribute to improving communication efficacy. Chapters are divided into three sections. The first section provides a basic overview of issues in this field. The second section deals with socio-cultural issues. The final section addresses issues around training and compensation. The volume contains new research on heretofore unexplored areas within the field of aging, such as: computer use and design, internet use, and computer literacy. For gerontologists, psychologists, and other professionals interested in aging.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826113726
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Charness, PhD, received his BA (1969) in Psychology from McGill University, and his MS (1971) and PhD (1974) in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (1974-1977) and a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo (1977-1994). He is currently a Professor of Psychology at the Florida State University, and a Research Associate at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. His current research interests focus on the topics of aging and expert performance across the life span, and age and human factors as related to technology use. He has held grants concerned with these topics from the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Aging Research Network (Canada), the DAAD (Germany), the Retirement Research Foundation (USA), and the National Institute on Aging (USA). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, The American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America.

Denise C. Park, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. She is Director of the Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Park received her PhD in 1977 at the State University of New York at Albany. She came to the University of Michigan in 1995 from the University of Georgia, where she was Professor of Psychology and Director of the Applied Cognitive Aging Center. She is past president of the Division of Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association, past chair of the NIH Mental Disorders of Aging Study Section, and recently finished a term in the APA Council of Representatives, where she was secretary of the Women's Caucus. She was Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the APA from 1999-2000 and is Associate Editor of The American Psychologist.

Dr. Park directs a large and active research program at the University of Michigan, funded primarily by multiple grants from the National Institute on Aging. Her work is highly collaborative as she works with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from Psychology, the Medical School and the Alcohol Research Center. Her research interests include: memory and aging, functional neuroimaging of aging and memory, cognition in medical settings and aging, cognition aging and culture, social cognition and aging, fibromyalgia and memory function, and alcoholism, aging and memory.

Bernhard A. Sabel, PhD, received his doctorate in Psychology from Clark University in 1994. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research scientist at the University of Munich. He served as a visiting neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sabel was also head of the Center for Neuroscience Innovation and Technology. He served as a visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University from 1998-1999. Since 1997 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. Dr. Sabel's current research interests include brain plasticity and recovery of function, particularly in the visual system and training-software development for patients with visual field deficits.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Aging and Communication: Human Factors Issues 1
2 Over-Accommodations and Under-Accommodations to Aging 30
3 Design Challenges Associated with Longevity: The View From Industry 47
4 The Internet and Older Adults: Design Challenges and Opportunities 60
5 Culture, Aging, and Cognitive Aspects of Communication 81
6 Aging, Sensory Loss, and Social Functioning 108
7 The Impact of Internet Use Over Time on Older Adults: A Field Experiment 127
8 Aging, Communication, and Interface Design 153
9 Face Memory Skill Acquisition 169
10 A Systems Approach for Training Older Adults to Use Technology 187
11 Aging, Vision, and Brain Plasticity: Restoring Lost Visual Functions by Computer-Based Training 209
Index 227
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