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“Provides a unique perspective. I am particularly impressed with the sections on innovative design and methods to investigate cognitive aging and the integrative perspectives. None of the existing texts covers this material to the same level.”
—Donna J. La Voie, Saint Louis University

“The emphasis on integrating the literature with theoretical and methodological innovations could have a far-reaching impact on the field.”
—Deb McGinnis, Oakland University

The Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives clarifies the differences in patterns and processes of cognitive aging. Along with a comprehensive review of current research, editors Scott M. Hofer and Duane F. Alwin provide a solid foundation for building a multidisciplinary agenda that will stimulate further rigorous research into these complex factors.

Key Features

  • Gathers the widest possible range of perspectives by including cognitive aging experts in various disciplines while maintaining a degree of unity across chapters
  • Examines the limitations of the extant literature, particularly in research design and measurement, and offers new suggestions to guide future research
  • Highlights the broad scope of the field with topics ranging from demography to development to neuroscience, offering the most complete coverage available on cognitive aging
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Editorial Reviews

Norman Abeles
"I was impressed by the breadth of the contributors, and the experts are clearly outstanding members of the research community. I think graduate students in particular will find these contributions to be helpful and stimulating."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412941051
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott M. Hofer is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and Director, Psychosocial Core, Center for Healthy Aging Research at the Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Southern California in 1994 and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and the Center for Developmental and Health Genetics at the Pennsylvania State University. His research examines the role of aging and health on changes in cognitive functioning, in interaction with demographic and psychosocial influences, and on statistical analysis and design issues for understanding developmental and aging processes. He collaborates with national and international researchers on longitudinal studies on aging and is associate investigator on research networks in Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. He is currently leading the development of an international collaborative network for the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging (IALSA).

Duane F. Alwin is Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Sociology, Demography, and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University, where he is affiliated with the Population Research Institute, the Survey Research Center, and the Gerontology Center. Prior to moving to Penn State, Alwin held an appointment for 23 years in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. The focus of his research and teaching includes survey methodology, families and children, socio-economic inequalities and health disparities, aging and the life course, and the linkages between processes of individual development, history and social change.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Laura L. Carstensen
Preface - Duane F. Alwin and Scott M. Hofer
PART I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Opportunities and Challenges for Interdisciplinary Research - Duane F. Alwin and Scott M. Hofer
PART II. Integrative Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 2. Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Cognitive Aging: An Individual-Differences Perspective - Christopher Hertzog
Chapter 3. Integrative Perspectives on Cognitive Aging: Measurement and Modeling With Mixtures of Psychological and Biological Variables - Keith F. Widaman
Chapter 4. Population Processes and Cognitive Aging - Duane F. Alwin, Ryan J. McCammon, Linda A. Wray, and Willard L. Rodgers
5. Consequences of the Ergodic Theorems for Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, and the Analysis of Developmental Processes - Peter C. M. Molenaar
Chapter 6. The Missing Person: Some Limitations in the Contemporary Study 6. The Missing Person: Some Limitations in the Contemporary Study - Dale Dannefer and Robin S. Patterson
PART III. Dimensions of Cognitive Aging
Chapter 7. Challenges in Attention: Measures, Methods, and Applications - Joan M. McDowd and Lesa Hoffman
Chapter 8. Everything We Know About Aging and Response Times: A Meta-Analytic Integration - Paul Verhaeghen and John Cerella
Chapter 9. Age-Related Changes in Memory: Experimental Approaches - Susan R. Old and Moshe Naveh-Benjamin
Chapter 10. Prospective Memory and Aging: Old Issues and New Questions - Mark A. McDaniel and Gilles O. Einstein
Chapter 11. Dimensions of Cognitive Aging: Executive Function and Verbal Fluency - Susan Kemper and Joan M. McDowd
Chapter 12. Executive Function in Cognitive, Neuropsychological, and Clinical Aging - Mary A. Luszcz and Anna P. Lane
Chapter 13. Everyday Problem Solving in Context - Cynthia A. Berg
Chapter 14. Individual Differences in Verbal Learning in Old Age - Daniel Zimprich, Philippe Rast, and Mike Martin
Chapter 15. Expertise and Knowledge - Neil Charness and Ralf T. Krampe
PART IV. Biological Indicators and Health-Related Processes
Chapter 16. Integrating Health Into Cognitive Aging Research and Theory: Quo Vadis? - Avron Spiro III and Christopher B. Brady
Chapter 17. Cognitive Change as Conditional on Age Heterogeneity in Onset of Mortality-Related Processes and Repeated Testing Effects - Valgeir Thorvaldsson, Scott M. Hofer, Linda B. Hassing, and Boo Johansson
Chapter 18. Neurological Factors in Cognitive Aging - Robert S. Wilson
Chapter 19. Imaging Aging: Present and Future - Scott M. Hayes and Roberto Cabeza
Chapter 20. Cognitive Aging and Functional Biomarkers: What Do We Know, and Where to From Here? - Kaarin Anstey
Chapter 21. Assessing the Relationship of Cognitive Aging and Processes of Dementia - Gwenith G. Fisher, Brenda L. Plassman, Steven G. Heeringa, and Kenneth M. Langa
PART V. Historical Processes and Cultural Differences
Chapter 22. Developing a Cultural Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging - Denise C. Park
Chapter 23. Historical Processes and Patterns of Cognitive Aging - K. Warner Schaie
Chapter 24. Minority Populations and Cognitive Aging - Keith Whitfield and Adrienne Aiken-Morgan
Chapter 25. Race, Culture, Education, and Test Performance Cognitive/Among Older Adults - Jennifer J. Manly
Chapter 26. Social Structure and Cognitive Change - Duane F. Alwin
PART VI. Longitudinal Measurement and Analysis
Chapter 27. Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging: Collaborative Research Networks, Meta-Analysis, and Optimizing Future Studies - Andrea M. Piccinin and Scott M. Hofer
Chapter 28. Time-Based and Process-Based Approaches to Analysis of Longitudinal Data - Martin Sliwinski and Jacqueline Mogle
Chapter 29. Considerations for Sampling Time in Research on Aging: Examples From Research on Stress and Cognition - Shevaun D. Neupert, Robert S. Stawski, and David M. Almeida
Chapter 30. Cognitive Testing in Large-Scale Surveys: Assessment by Telephone - Margie E. Lachman and Patricia A. Tun
Chapter 31. Continuous, Unobtrusive Monitoring for the Assessment of Cognitive Function - Misha Pavel, Holly Jimison, Tamara Hayes, Jeffrey Kaye, Eric Dishman, Katherine Wild, and Devin Williams
PART VII. Integrative Perspectives on Cognitive Aging
Chapter 32. Animal Models of Human Cognitive Aging - Gerald E. McClearn and David A. Blizard
Chapter 33. Genetic and Environmental Influences on Cognitive Change - Chandra A. Reynolds
Chapter 34. Does Participation in Cognitive Activities Buffer Age-Related Cognitive Decline? - Brent J. Small and Cathy L. McEvoy
Cognitive Measurement in the Health and Retirement Study - Robert Willis, Gwenith Fisher, John McArdle
Chapter 35. The Added Value of an Applied Perspective in Cognitive Gerontology - Matthias Kliegel, Peter Rendell, and Mareike Altgassen
Chapter 36. Social Resources and Cognitive Function in Older Persons - Lisa L. Barnes, Kathleen A. Cagney, and Carlos F. Mendes de Leon
Chapter 37. Social Context and Cognition - Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Michelle Horhota, and Andrew Mienaltowski
Chapter 38. Dyadic Cognition in Old Age: Paradigms, Findings, and Directions - Mike Martin and Melanie Wight
Chapter 39. Midlife Cognition: The Association of Personality With Cognition and Risk of Cognitive Impairment - Sherry L. Willis and Julie Blaskewicz Boron
PART VIII. Future Directions for Research on Cognitive Aging
Chapter 40. The Future of Cognitive Aging Research: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Integrative Science - Scott M. Hofer and Duane F. Alwin
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
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