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Pearson proudly presents the CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY READER SERIES, published exclusively in partnership with the Association for Psychological Science. These readers include articles carefully selected for the undergraduate audience and taken from the accessible Current Directions in Psychological Science journal.

Allowing instructors to bring their students real-world perspectives from a reliable source, these timely articles discuss today’s most current and pressing issues as they apply to specific areas of psychology. Each of these readers is available to package with any Pearson Psychology text. For ordering details, contact your local Pearson sales representative or e-mail

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The Association for Psychological Science is dedicated to advancing psychology as a science - based discipline. APS members include the field’s most respected researchers and educators representing the full range of topics within psychological science.

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Meet the Author

Susan Turk Charles, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern California and completed her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Her research focuses on life-span trajectories of emotional experience, and the associations between physical health and emotional well-being. She currently serves on the SPIP NIH grant review panel and is a member of the executive board of Division 20 of the American Psychological Association. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Psychology and Aging, and Emotion. She has authored paper over 25 journal articles and book chapters.
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Table of Contents


  1. Salthouse: What and when of cognitive aging 2004
  2. Li: Connecting the many levels and facets of cognitive aging 2002
  3. Jacoby & Rhodes: False remembering in the aged 2006
  4. Burke & Shafto: Aging and language production 2004
  5. Madden: Aging and visual attention 2007
  6. Kramer & Willis: Enhancing the cognitive vitality of older adults 2002
  7. Wilson & Bennett: Cognitive activity and risk of Alzheimer’s disease 2003


  1. Marriott and Wenk: Neurobiological consequences of long-term estrogen therapy 2004
  2. Wingfield, Tun and McCoy: Hearing loss in older adulthood. What it is and how it interacts with cognitive performance 2005
  3. Fisk and Rogers: Psychology and aging: enhancing the lives of an aging population 2002
  4. Park and Gutchess: The cognitive neuroscience of aging and culture 2006


  1. Blanchard-Fields: Everyday problem solving and emotion: an adult developmental perspective 2007
  2. Carstensen and Mikels: At the intersection of emotion and cognition. Aging and the positive effect 2005
  3. Labouvie-Vief: Dynamic integration: affect, cognition, and the self in adulthood 2003
  4. Isaacowitz: Motivated Gaze. The view from the gazer 2006


  1. Lawton: Emotion in later life 2001
  2. Mroczek: Age and emotion in adulthood 2001
  3. Lucas: Adaptation and the set-point model of subjective well-being: does happiness change after major life events? 2007
  4. Robins and Trzesniewski: Self-esteem development across the lifespan 2005
  5. Lachman: Perceived control over aging-related declines: adaptive beliefs and behaviors 2006
  6. Wrosch, Schulz and Heckhausen: Health stresses and depressive symptomatology in the elderly: a control-process approach 2004


  1. Gatz: Genetics, dementia and the elderly 2007
  2. Newland and Rasmussen: Behavior in adulthood and during aging is affected by contaminant exposure in utero 2003
  3. Gottfredson and Deary: Intelligence predicts health and longevity, but why? 2004
  4. Almeida: Resilience and vulnerability to daily stressors assessed via diary methods 2005
  5. Vitaliano, Young and Zhang: Is caregiving a risk factor for illness? 2004
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