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Handbook of the Psychology of Aging - 9th Edition - ISBN: 9780128160947

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

9th Edition

Series Volume Editors: K Warner Schaie Sherry Willis
Paperback ISBN: 9780128160947
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 550
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Table of Contents

1. Concepts and theory in the psychology of aging
2. Methodology, attrition, meta-analysis and data imputation
3. Behavioral interventions in the aging process

Part II Biological and Social Influences on Aging and Behavior
4. Gene environment interactions on behavior and aging
5. Behavioral neuroscience and aging
6. Executive Function and Cognitive Behavior
7. Health, behavior, and aging
8. Gender differences in aging processes
9. Environmental influences on aging and behavior

Part III Behavioral Processes and Aging
10. Changes in sensation and perception with age
11. Motor behavior, exercise and aging
12. Speed of behavior and aging
13.  Memory, attention, and aging-
14. Adult learning and information technology
15. Aging and language
16. Cognitive development and aging
17.  Aging, decision processes, and every day problem solving
18. Emotion, motivation, and aging
18. Personality and the aging self

Part IV Complex Behavioral Concepts and Processes in Aging
19. Adjustment, mental health, and aging
20. Family Caregivingof the Frail Elderly
21. Adaptive behavior, aging, and the role of technology
22. Wisdom and creativity
23. Aging and the work place
24. The psychology of death and dying


Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Ninth Edition tackles both the biological and environmental influences on behavior and the reciprocal interface between changes in the brain and behavior that span the adult lifespan. This information is very important to many features of daily life, from workplace to family, and in public policy matters. It is complex and new questions are continually raised about how behavior changes with age. Providing perspectives on the behavioral science of aging for diverse disciplines, the handbook explains how the role of behavior is organized and how it changes over the course of life.

Along with parallel advances in research methodology, it explicates in great detail, patterns and sub-patterns of behavior over the lifespan, and how it affects biological, health and social interactions.

Key Features

  • Covers preclinical neuropathology
  • Examines age and sex differences in the process of aging
  • Considers financial decision-making and capacity
  • Explores mental health issues related to death and dying
  • Discusses technology for older adults


Clinicians, researchers, and students in gerontology, developmental psychology, psychiatry, sociology, biology, and other related health care professions tasked with caring for the aging population


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About the Series Volume Editors

K Warner Schaie

K. Warner Schaie holds an appointment as affiliate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also the Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Washington, an honorary Dr. Phil. from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, and an honorary Sc.D. degree from West Virginia University. He received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions and the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the MENSA lifetime career award, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the American Psychological Association. He is a past president of the APA Division of Adult Development and Aging and currently represents that Division on the APA Council of Representatives. He is author or editor of more than 60 books including the textbook Adult Development and Aging (5th edition, with S.L. Willis) and of all previous editions of the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (with J.E. Birren or S.L. Willis). He has directed the Seattle Longitudinal Study of cognitive aging since 1956 and is the author of more than 300 journal articles and chapters on the psychology of aging. His current research interest is in the life course of adult intelligence, its antecedents and modifiability, the impact of cognitive behavior in midlife upon the integrity of brain structures in old age, the early detection of risk for dementia, as well as methodological issues in the developmental sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Sherry Willis

Sherry L. Willis is a research professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She previously held an appointment as professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has focused on age-related cognitive changes in later adulthood. In particular she is known for her work on behavioral interventions to remediate and enhance cognitive performance in community-dwelling normal elderly. She was a principal investigator on the ACTIVE study, a randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of cognitive interventions in the maintenance of everyday functioning in at-risk community-dwelling elderly, funded by NIA. She has been the codirector of the Seattle Longitudinal Study. In addition to her cognitive intervention research, she has conducted programmatic research on changes in everyday problem-solving competence in the elderly and cognitive predictors of competence. She and colleagues have developed several measures of Everyday Problem Solving. She is the co-author of the textbook Adult Development and Aging (with K.W. Schaie, now in its 5th edition). She has edited more than ten volumes on various aspects of adult development and cognition and has authored over a hundred publications in adult development. She has served as President of Division 20, Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Sweden. She received a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement and the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the Pennsylvania State University, and the Paul and Margret Baltes award from Division 20 of the American Psychological Association. She currently has funding from NIA for a twenty-year follow-up of the ACTIVE randomized cognitive training trial and funding to archive the Seattle Longitudinal Study.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA