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Christopher Hertzog

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 2: Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Cognitive Aging: An Individual-Differences Perspective

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Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Cognitive Aging: An Individual-Differences Perspective
Theoretical approaches to the study of cognitive aging: An individual-differences perspective

Our understanding of aging and its effects on cognition has improved considerably over the last 50 years, as can be seen in a number of reviews (e.g., Craik & Salthouse, 2000; Hoyer & Verhaeghen, 2006). This improvement has occurred despite the fact that it is anything but easy to conduct research on adult cognitive development.

Conducting high-quality research on aging and cognitive development requires knowledge about (a) theory and method in cognitive psychology and (b) theory and method for studying adult development and aging. Questions about cognitive aging are inherently questions about how individuals of different ages or from different subpopulations (e.g., healthy aging vs. ...

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