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New Frontiers in Cognitive Aging - Roger Dixon

New Frontiers in Cognitive Aging

By: Roger Dixon (Editor), Lars Backman (Editor), Lars-Goran Nilsson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th April 2004
ISBN: 9780198525691
Number Of Pages: 372

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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 of progressive decline, becoming stricken with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alheimer'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 and medical 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 neighboring disciplines. This book provides unique interdisciplinary coverage of the topic. With each chapter including commentaries from other specialists in related fields, the book provides 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 all of us.

Most of the individual chapters are easy to understand even for the non-specialist in cognitive neuroscience . . . as a non-cognitive neuroscientist, I found it extremely interesting . . . for some who wish to appraise themselves of the state of the art and future areas of exploration this would be fruitful reading. * The Lancet Neurology, Vol 3 *

Part I - Frontiers in Cognitive Aging 1: Roger A Dixon & Lars-Goran Nilsson: Don't fence us in: Probing the frontiers of cognitive aging Part II - New Theoretical Orientations in Cognitive Aging 2: Denise Park & Meredith Minear: Cognitive aging: New directions for old theories 3: Christopher Hertzog: Does longitudinal evidence confirm theories of cognitive aging derived from cross-sectional data? 4: David F Hultsch & Stuart W S MacDonald: Intraindividual variability in performance as a theoretical window onto cognitive aging 5: Leah Light: Commentary: Measures, constructs, models and inferences about aging Part III - New Directions in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging 6: Naftali Raz: The aging brain: Structural changes and their implications for cognitive aging 7: Lars Nyberg & Lars Backman: Cognitive aging: A view from brain imaging 8: Lars Backman, Brent Small & Laura Fratiglioni: Cognitive deficits in preclinical Alzheimer's Disease: Current knowledge and future directions 9: Roberto Cabeza: Commentary: Neuroscience frontiers of cognitive aging: Approaches to cognitive neuroscience of aging Part IV - Frontiers of Biological and Health Effects of Cognitive Aging 10: Ulman Lindenberger & Paolo Ghisletta: Modelling longitudinal changes in old age: from co-variance structures to dynamic systems 11: Helen Christensen & Andrew Mackinnon: Exploring the relationships between sensory, physiological, genetic and health measures in relation to the common cause hypothesis 12: Nancy L Pedersen: New frontiers in genetic influences on cognitive aging 13: Agneta Herlitz & Julie E Yonker: Hormonal effects on cognition in adults 14: Ake Wahlin: Health, disease and cognitive functioning in old age 15: Peter Graf: Broadening the context of cognitive aging: a commentary 16: Paul Verhaeghen: Commentary: Framing fearful (a)symmetries: three hard questions about cognitive aging Part V - Final Frontiers? New Research Directions, Perspectives and Imperatives 17: Daniel B Berch & Molly V Wagster: Future directions in cognitive aging: Perspectives from the National Institute on Aging

ISBN: 9780198525691
ISBN-10: 0198525699
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 25th April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.79