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Matthias Kliegel, Peter Rendell & Mareike Altgassen

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 35: The Added Value of an Applied Perspective in Cognitive Gerontology

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The Added Value of an Applied Perspective in Cognitive Gerontology
The added value of an applied perspective in cognitive gerontology
The Claim

For older adults, who often have special needs such as remembering to take medication and meeting health-related appointments, prospective memory functioning is of utmost importance. (Einstein & McDaniel, 1990, p. 717)

Einstein and McDaniel's (1990) seminal article laid the ground for a now-booming research area in applied cognitive gerontology: the study of age-related prospective memory performance (see, e.g., Kliegel, McDaniel, & Einstein, 2008; chap. 10, this volume). As with prospective memory, many experts in cognitive gerontology postulate that research on topics such as memory and other cognitive functions is of enormous importance because those processes are essential for everyday life (see Kliegel & Martin, 2003, for ...

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