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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.
Audience: Researchers and academicians in gerontology and developmental psychology.
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."
—JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY
"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."
—Jennifer M. Kinney in HANDBOOK OF THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
"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."
—Martin Guha in REFERENCE REVIEWS
"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
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