Handbook of the Psychology of Aging / Edition 6

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The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, 6e provides a comprehensive summary and evaluation of recent research on the psychological aspects of aging. The 22 chapters are organized into four divisions: Concepts, Theories, and Methods in the Psychology of Aging; Biological and Social Influences on Aging; Behavioral Processes and Aging; and Complex Behavioral Concepts and Processes in Aging.

The 6th edition of the Handbook is considerably changed from the previous edition. Half of the chapters are on new topics and the remaining half are on returning subjects that are entirely new presentations by different authors of new material. Some of the exciting new topics include Contributions of Cognitive Neuroscience to Understanding Behavior and Aging, Everyday Problem Solving and Decision Making, Autobiographical Memory, and Religion and Health Late in Life.

The Handbook will be of use to researchers and professional practitioners working with the aged. It is also suitable for use as a textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on the psychology of aging.

The Handbook of the Psycology of Aging, Sixth Edition is part of the Handbooks on Aging series, including Handbook of the Biology of Aging and Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, also in their 6th editions.

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

Part I: Concepts, Theory, and Methods in the Psychology of Aging

1. Theoretical Development in the Psychology of Aging Author: Tim Salthouse, Paul Baltes
2. Methodology: Attrition, Meta-analysis, Data imputation Author: ___________________
3. Evaluating Progress in the Study of the Psychology of Aging Author: Ron Abeles, James Fozard, Don Kausler, Martha Storandt
4. Gene Environment Interaction and Aging Author: Robert Plomin
5. Historical Influences on Aging Authors: K. Warner Schaie and Glen Elder

Part II: Biological and Social Influences on Aging and Behavior

6. Brain and Behavior Author: R.Cabeza
7. Behavioral Neuroscience Author: Art Kramer
8. Health, Stress, and Behavior Author: Carolyn Aldwin
9. Health Disparities and Minority Aging Author: Keith Whitfield
10. Environmental Influences on Aging and Behavior Author: Rick Scheidt

Part III: Behavioral Processes and Aging

11. Changes in Vision and Hearing with Age Author: Frank Schieber
12. Motor Behavior and Exercise Author: James Blumenthal, Karl Newall
13. Aging, Memory, and Attention Author: Art Wingfield, Bill Hoyer
14. Aging and Language Author: Elizabeth Stine-Morrow
15. Cognitive Development Author: Ulman Lindenberger
16. Wisdom Author: Gerard Brugman, Ursula Staudinger
17. Emotion and Motivation Author: C. E. Izard, C. Z. Malatesta, Edward Deiner
18. Personality Author: Dan Mrocek
19. Social Relations Author: Karen Fingerman
20. Mental Health and Adjustment Author: Margy Gatz
21. Speed of Behavior and Aging Author: Tim Salthouse

Part IV: Behavior and Aging in Environmental Contexts

22. Autobiographical Memory and the Aging Self Author: James Birren
23. Adaptive Aging: The Role of Technology Author: Chip Scialfa
24. Quality of Life and Aging Author: Robert Kaplan
25. Religion and Aging Author: Neal Krause
26. Sexual Behavior and Aging Author: Susan Whitbourne
27. Everyday Problem solving Author: Mary Ann Parish-Stephens, Don Marson, Mary Ann Parish-Stephens

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