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Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life - Leonard W. Poon

Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life

By: Leonard W. Poon (Editor), David C. Rubin (Editor), Barbara A. Wilson (Editor)

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Published: 8th June 1992
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Provides a firm theoretical grounding for the increasing movement of cognitive psychologists, neuropsychologists and their students beyond the laboratory, in an attempt to understand human cognitive abilities as they are manifested in natural contexts. The pros and cons of the laboratory and the real world--the problems of generalizability versus rigor--are thoroughly analyzed, and practical escapes from what has become a false dichotomy are suggested. The authors present relevant data that open up new directions for those studying cognitive aging. Finally, they consider the applications of the new knowledge for clinicians and educators.

"...a useful interim report on a very active area of research in the broad field of cognitive psychology." Timothy A. Salthouse, Science "...an impressive contribution." American Scientist

Adult Cognitive Abilities in the Laboratory and in Real-life Settings: Basic Theoretical and Methodological Issues
Introduction to Part I: the how, when and why of studying everyday cognition
Systematic Approaches to Laboratory and Real-world Research
Representative design and the quality of generalization
The myth of external validity
Functional explanations of memory
General systems theory: a rationale for the study of everyday memory
Combining Laboratory and Real-world Research
The laboratory and ecology: supplementary sources of data for memory research
Issues of regularity and control: confessions of a regularity freak
Finding the bloody horse
Some bad and some good reasons for studying memory and cognition in the wild
Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life: Findings in Real-life Settings
Introduction to Part II: What do we know about the aging of cognitive abilities in everyday life
Everyday Cognitive Abilities
Memory for prose: perspectives on the reader
Prose processing in adulthood: the text, the reader and the task Bonnie
Speech comprehension and memory through adulthood: the roles of time and strategy
The effects of aging on perceived and generated memories
Aging and word retrieval: naturalistic, clinical and laboratory data
Acquisition and utilization of spatial information by elderly adults: implications for day-to-day situations
Inner-city decay? Age changes in structure and process in recall of familiar topographical information
The cognitive ecology of problem solving
Everyday problem solving: methodological issues, research findings and a model
Prospective/intentional memory and aging: memory as adaptive action
Concomitant Influences
Motivation and aging
Questionnaire research on metamemory and aging: issues of structure and function
The importance of awareness in memory aging
Age and expertise: responding to Talland's challenge
World-knowledge systems
Comments on aging memory and its everyday operations
Cognitive Enhancement and Aging: Clinical and Educational Applications
Introduction to Part III: approaches to practical applications
Issues and Perspectives
Varieties of memory compensation by older adults in episodic remembering
Improvement with cognitive training: which old dogs learn what tricks
Enhancement Approaches
Planning practical memory training for the aged
Mnemonics as modified for use by the elderly
Designing Programs for Cognitive Rehabilitation
Designing memory-therapy programs
Management of memory problems in a hospital setting
Home-based cognitive rehabilitation with the elderly
Memory retraining: everyday needs and future prospects
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521428606
ISBN-10: 0521428602
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 724
Published: 8th June 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.0