Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

Edited by

  • James Birren, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • K Warner Schaie, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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 Psychology 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.
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Researchers in gerontology, developmental psychology, cognitive and social psychology.


Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-101265-6

Table of Contents

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Sixth Edition

Table of Contents




About the Editors

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

Chapter 1. Theoretical Issues in the Psychology of Aging

Timothy A. Salthouse

Chapter 2. Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging

Scott M. Hofer and Martin J. Sliwinski


Part II: Biological and Social Influences on Aging and Behavior


Chapter 3. Behavior Genetics and Aging

George P. Vogler


Chapter 4. Contributions of Cognitive Neuroscience to the Understanding of Behavior and Aging

Arthur F. Kramer, Monica Fabiani, and Stanley J. Colcombe


Chapter 5. Health, Behavior, and Optimal Aging: A Life Span Developmental Perspective

Carolyn M. Aldwin, Avron Spiro III, and Crystal L. Park


Chapter 6. Environmental Gerontology: Progress in the Post-Lawton Era

Rick J. Scheidt and Paul G. Windley


Chapter 7. Vision and Aging

Frank Schieber


Chapter 8. Aging, Complexity, and Motor Performance

Karl M. Newell, David E. Vaillancourt, and Jacob J. Sosnoff


Chapter 9. Changing Role of the Speed of Processing Construct in the Cognitive Psychology of Human Aging

Alan Hartley


Chapter 10. Memory Aging

William J. Hoyer and Paul Verhaeghen


Chapter 11. Applied Learning and Aging: A Closer Look at Reading

Bonnie J. F. Meyer and Carlee K. Pollard


Chapter 12. Language Comprehension and Production in Normal Aging

Robert Thornton and Leah L. Light


Chapter 13. Selection, Optimization, and Compensation as Developmental Mechanisms of Adaptive Resource Allocation: Review and Preview

Michaela Riediger, Shu-Chen Li and Ulman Lindenberger


Chapter 14. Everyday Problem Solving and Decision Making

Michael Marsiske and Jennifer A. margrett


Chapter 15. Aging and the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion

Laura L. Carstensen, Joseph A. Mikels, and Mara Mather


Chapter 16. Personality and Aging

Daniel K. Mroczek, Avron Spiro III, and Paul W. Griffin


Chapter 17. Attitudes Toward Aging and Their Effects on Behavior

Thomas M. Hess


Chapter 18. Improving the Mental Health of Older Adults

Bob G. Knight, Brian Kaskie, Gia Robinson Shurgot, and Jennifer Dave


Chapter 19. Adaptive Technology

Charles T. Scialfa and Geoff R. Fernie


Part IV: Complex Behavioral Concepts and Processes in Aging


Chapter 20. Wisdom and Aging

Gerard M. Brugman


Chapter 21. Autobiographical Memory and the Narrative Self over the Life Span

James E. Birren and Johannes J. F. Schroots


Chapter 22. Religion and Health in Late Life

Neal Krause


Author Index

Subject Index

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