Handbook of the Psychology of Aging / Edition 6

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The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging has become the definitive reference source for information of the psychology of adult development and aging. This new edition reviews recent developments in research on social and biological influences on behavior, cognitive functions in the aging individual, and motivational and personality changes with age. The Handbook features a strong emphasis on systematic explanation and covers important theoretical and methodological issues that form the basis for research on adult development and aging.

Audience: Researchers and academicians in gerontology and developmental psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry
...the strength of the volume is in its well-chosen topics, and excellent reviews of current and essential historical research in each content area.
...it should be viewed as part of a series which may be the single most important contribution in the psychology of aging...
Doody'S Review Service
Five out of five stars! Imagine that the Encyclopedia Brittanica were written only about geriatrics and gerontology, and you have this stupendous work.
**** The previous edition of this three volume set (series?) is endorsed by BCL3 (see entries HQ1061 and QP86 for the volumes on aging and the social sciences and the biology of aging). The intent is to organize information in a convenient form, to focus on theoretical and methodological problems in a systematic way, and to serve as a definitive reference. The new edition of the psychology volume, along with incorporating recent developments in research, also has chapters on new topics, including concepts of time, creativity and wisdom, human factors, and ethics in research on aging. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"...this multiauthored text covers a wide range of topics and would be a useful reference for researchers and clinicans who have an interest in or work with older adults."

Praise for the previous edition:
"...the Fourth Edition of this Handbook continues to make a valuable contribution to the ever-expanding gerontology knowledge base... the strength of the volume is in its well-chosen topics, and excellent reviews of current and essential historical research in each content area."

"The fourth edition of this series offers comprehensive coverage of adult development and aging issues as related to psychological processes. Useful as a supplementary text for graduate students, this publication will also be of interest to research personnel, professionals, and all types of care providers for the aging."

"The contributors are among the most well respected and prolific in their respective areas, and the chapters are, as a group, well written."

"Birren...has produced an impressive work that should become an invaluable resource for the study of this growing segment of the worlds population. The 196 authors are experts in their fields."
—E.E. Nibley, American University

"Birren and Schaies Handbook of the Psychology of Aging series has long been an institution among students and researchers. I daresay that everyone in the field of psychology of aging has read chapters from these handbooks over and over again since the first volume was introduced in 1977. The Handbook is eagerly anticipated whenever a new edition is advertised by the publisher, and the chapters are considered to be authoritative, up-to-date reviews... How do Birren and Schaie remain on the cutting edge in their handbooks? First, the reviews have been taken seriously by researchers, and those who were chosen as authors took the task seriously as well. Second, different reviewers have been used for the same topic so that different perspectives could be presented... The international flavor remains.... This compact volume has again picked out current, cutting-edge issues in both resolved and unresolved areas... How does one ultimately assess the quality and impact of the 1996 Handbook? Believe it should be viewed as part of a series which may be the single most important contribution in the psychology of aging. As a single, stand-alone volume, the 1996 Handbook contains up-to-date reviews of pertinent areas in the psychology of aging."
—Leonard W. Poon, University of Georgia Gerontology Center, Athens, in GERONTOLOGIST

"Academic psychological and medical libraries will face a demand for all these titles. There is an increasing pubic awareness of the effects both of normal and of abnormal aging which may mean that public libraries face sufficient demand to consider buying books on this subject."

"Five out of five stars! Imagine that the Encyclopedia Brittanica were written only about geriatrics and gerontology, and you have those stupendous work. This handsome set (is) a must for every medical library!"
—David O. Staats in DOODY

"All three handbooks underwent significant changes in content from the Third to Fourth Editions. Editors allocated more pages than previously to models, theories and methods... [The] Editors deliver fresh ideas... James Birren and his associates know how to produce handbooks... worth comparing to [Edmund Vincent] Cowdrys."
—W. ANDREW ARCGENBAUM, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121012656
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/9/2005
  • Series: Handbooks of Aging Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Birren is currently Associate Director of the Center on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as an adjunct professor in medicine, psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences. He is also professor emeritus of gerontology and psychology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Birren's previous postions include service as Chief of the section on aging of the National Institute of Mental Health, founding Executive Director and Dean of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center of USC, founding Director of the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research at UCLA, and President of the Gerontological Society of America, the Western Gerontological Society, and the Division on Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Birren's many awards include the Brookdale Foundation Award for Gerontological Research, the Sandoz prize for Gerontological Research, and the award for outstanding contribution to gerontology by the Canadian Association of Gerontology. Author of over 250 scholarly publications, Dr. Birren has research interests including how speed of behavior changes with age, the causes and consequences of slowed information processing in the older nervous system, the effect of age on decision-making processes, and the role of expertise in skilled occupations. He has served as a delegate to several White House Conferences on Aging and continues to have a strong interest in developing national priorities for research and education related to issues of aging.

K. Warner Schaie is the Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology and Director of the Gerontology Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. A fellow of the Gerontological Society and the American Psychological Association, Professor Schaie has served as president of the APA Division of Adult Development and Aging and as editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Author of over 250 scholarly publications on the psychology of aging, Dr. Schaie has interests including the life course of adult intelligence, its antecedents and modifiability, and methodological issues in the developmental sciences. Dr. Schaie has received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions from the Gerontological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

1 Theoretical issues in the psychology of aging
2 Design and analysis of longitudinal studies on aging
3 Behavior genetics and aging
4 Contributions of cognitive neuroscience to the understanding of behavior and aging
5 Health, behavior, and optimal aging : a life span developmental perspective
6 Environmental gerontology : progress in the post-Lawton era
7 Vision and aging
8 Aging, complexity, and motor performance
9 Changing role of the speed of processing construct in the cognitive psychology of human aging
10 Memory aging
11 Applied learning and aging : a closer look at reading
12 Language comprehension and production in normal aging
13 Selection, optimization, and compensation as developmental mechanisms of adaptive resource allocation : review and preview
14 Everyday problem solving and decision making
15 Aging and the intersection of cognition, motivation, and emotion
16 Personality and aging
17 Attitudes toward aging and their effects on behavior
18 Improving the mental health of older adults
19 Adaptive technology
20 Wisdom and aging
21 Autobiographical memory and the narrative self over the life span
22 Religion and health in late life
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