New Frontiers in Cognitive Aging

Hardcover | April 21, 2004

EditorRoger Dixon, Lars Backman, Lars-Goran Nilsson

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With an ever increasing population of aging people in the western world, it is more crucial than ever that we try to understand how and why cognitive competence breaks down with advancing age; why do some people follow normal patterns of cognitive change, while others follow a path ofprogressive decline, with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. What can be done to prevent cognitive decline - or to avoid neurodegenerative diseases? The answers, if they come, will not emerge from research within one discipline, but from work being done across a range of scientific andmedical specialities. This volume brings together leading experts from a range of fields studying cognitive aging, including neuroscience, pharmacology, health, genetics, sensory biology, and epidemiology. Unlike other books in this area, this book is more about 'new frontiers' than past research and accomplishments.Recently cognitive aging research has taken several new directions, linking with, and benefiting from, rapid technological and theoretical advances in these neighbouring disciplines. This book provides unique interdisciplinary coverage of the topic. With each chapter including commentaries fromspecialists in related fields, the book provides an integrative study of the topic. For those within the fields of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and geriatrics, this volume will make an important contribution in furthering our understanding of a problem that affects us all.

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With an ever increasing population of aging people in the western world, it is more crucial than ever that we try to understand how and why cognitive competence breaks down with advancing age; why do some people follow normal patterns of cognitive change, while others follow a path ofprogressive decline, with neurodegenerative diseases...

Roger Dixon is in the Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Lars Backman is at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:April 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198525699

ISBN - 13:9780198525691

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Part I - Frontiers in Cognitive Aging1. Roger A Dixon and Lars-Goran Nilsson: Don't fence us in: Probing the frontiers of cognitive agingPart II - New Theoretical Orientations in Cognitive Aging2. Denise Park and Meredith Minear: Cognitive aging: New directions for old theories3. Christopher Hertzog: Does longitudinal evidence confirm theories of cognitive aging derived from cross-sectional data?4. David F Hultsch and Stuart W S MacDonald: Intraindividual variability in performance as a theoretical window onto cognitive aging5. Leah Light: Commentary: Measures, constructs, models and inferences about agingPart III - New Directions in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging6. Naftali Raz: The aging brain: Structural changes and their implications for cognitive aging7. Lars Nyberg and Lars Backman: Cognitive aging: A view from brain imaging8. Lars Backman, Brent Small and Laura Fratiglioni: Cognitive deficits in preclinical Alzheimer's Disease: Current knowledge and future directions9. Roberto Cabeza: Commentary: Neuroscience frontiers of cognitive aging: Approaches to cognitive neuroscience of agingPart IV - Frontiers of Biological and Health Effects of Cognitive Aging10. Ulman Lindenberger and Paolo Ghisletta: Modelling longitudinal changes in old age: from co-variance structures to dynamic systems11. Helen Christensen and Andrew Mackinnon: Exploring the relationships between sensory, physiological, genetic and health measures in relation to the common cause hypothesis12. Nancy L Pedersen: New frontiers in genetic influences on cognitive aging13. Agneta Herlitz and Julie E Yonker: Hormonal effects on cognition in adults14. Ake Wahlin: Health, disease and cognitive functioning in old age15. Peter Graf: Broadening the context of cognitive aging: a commentary16. Paul Verhaeghen: Commentary: Framing fearful (a)symmetries: three hard questions about cognitive agingPart V - Final Frontiers? New Research Directions, Perspectives and Imperatives17. Daniel B Berch and Molly V Wagster: Future directions in cognitive aging: Perspectives from the National Institute on Aging