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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 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|
|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|
|20||Wisdom and aging|
|21||Autobiographical memory and the narrative self over the life span|
|22||Religion and health in late life|