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Chapter 26: Social Structure and Cognitive Change
The authors of the National Research Council (2000) report The Aging Mind emphasized the fact that the state of our current knowledge about cognitive aging is encumbered in part by the failure to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework incorporating age-related variation in environmental factors together with age-related changes in sensory function and health, and the interaction of these factors with age-related neurological changes in cognitive development. In an effort to supply such a comprehensive framework, they highlighted a narrative of human adaptation, involving
dynamic adaptive processes, including changes in neuronal structure and function and in behavioral and social factors (e.g., social opportunity structures, the individual's routines and physical environment, the individual's goals, and the use of ...